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I am just about to have my visa interview for the CR1 visa. I have an offer of a job in the US (conditional on showing proof of right to work in the US). I need to complete an I-9 form and produce proof of my right to work in the USA. I have heard it can take weeks or months for a green card to arrive in the mail after you enter the US. Does anyone know whether the CR1 visa when it is stamped on entry into the US is sufficient for  I-9/List A purposes, in lieu of a green card? Is this as good as an I-551 stamp? If a stamped CR1 visa is sufficient to prove eligibility of right to work in the USA, is this an I-551 stamp? 

 

I have heard that the I-551 is a separate stamp requiring an Infopass appointment which are apparently very difficult to get.

 

I'd be grateful for your thoughts. 

 

Thanks

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 Yes the I-551 is valid for 1 year upon admission.  It will be on your passport when you enter the US and are processed at the POE.


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I should point out you will have to wait on getting paid until you have you social security card :(


March 2, 2018  Married In Hong Kong

April 30, 2018  Mary moves from the Philippines to Mexico, Husband has MX Permanent Residency

June 13, 2018 Mary receives Mexican Residency Card

June 15, 2018  I-130 DCF Appointment in Juarez  -  June 18, 2018  Approval E-Mail

August 2, 2018 Case Complete At Consulate

September 25, 2018 Interview in CDJ and Approved!

October 7, 2018 In the USA

October 27, 2018 Green Card received 

October 29, 2018 Applied for Social Security Card - November 5, 2018 Social Security Card received

November 6th, 2018 State ID Card Received, Applied for Global Entry - Feb 8,2019 Approved.

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11 minutes ago, Cogitoergosum said:

Thanks Paul & Mary.  Does the actual stamp on the CR1 visa that they apply at the POE say I-551? I have seen varying accounts that this is a separate stamp to your entry stamp. 

 

Big bummer on the salary! 

The entry stamp is your I-551, it will be marked as CR-1 which is your proof of residency and immigration status as CR-1 is an immigrant visa
This thread is old but may be of help to you:

 


Our CR1 Journey So Far:
 

USCIS Stage:

  • Feb 8 2019: Sent package
  • Feb 14 2019: Delivered
  • Feb 21 2019: NOA1 (PD Feb 14, 2019)
  • Assigned to Nebraska Service Center (yay... 🙄)
  • Waiting for: NOA2

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3 hours ago, Cogitoergosum said:

Does anyone know whether the CR1 visa when it is stamped on entry into the US is sufficient for  I-9/List A purposes, in lieu of a green card? Is this as good as an I-551 stamp? If a stamped CR1 visa is sufficient to prove eligibility of right to work in the USA, is this an I-551 stamp?

 

Straight from the official source: https://www.uscis.gov/i-9-central/temporary-i-551-stamps-and-mrivs

 

"[...] employers should treat the MRIV as an acceptable List A document valid for 1 year from the date of admission."

 

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Thanks for your replies everyone. Does every CR1 visa have the “upon endorsement serves as temporary I-551 evidencing permanent residence for 1 year” wording on it? Is there any reason why that sentence wouldn’t be on there?

 

10 hours ago, Ate said:

 

Straight from the official source: https://www.uscis.gov/i-9-central/temporary-i-551-stamps-and-mrivs

 

"[...] employers should treat the MRIV as an acceptable List A document valid for 1 year from the date of admission."

 

 

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9 hours ago, Cogitoergosum said:

Thanks for your replies everyone. Does every CR1 visa have the “upon endorsement serves as temporary I-551 evidencing permanent residence for 1 year” wording on it? Is there any reason why that sentence wouldn’t be on there?

 

 

The visa will say it on the bottom, yes. The visa states "upon endorsement..." and the stamp is the endorsement. 


Our CR1 Journey So Far:
 

USCIS Stage:

  • Feb 8 2019: Sent package
  • Feb 14 2019: Delivered
  • Feb 21 2019: NOA1 (PD Feb 14, 2019)
  • Assigned to Nebraska Service Center (yay... 🙄)
  • Waiting for: NOA2

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4 hours ago, Cogitoergosum said:

Just of interest Paul and Mary, how long did it take for this to come?

Normally 2-3 weeks after US entry on a CR1, if the appropriate box is checked on the ds260. But that is known to be a hit or miss, so the alternate is for you to go to a SSN office a couple of weeks after landing to apply yourself. Maybe a week or so later, card arrives. 


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10/16/2017.......... ROC package mailed

10/18/2017.......... I-751 package received VSC

10/19/2017.......... I-797 NOA date

10/30/2017.......... Notice received in mail

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4 hours ago, Cogitoergosum said:

Just of interest Paul and Mary, how long did it take for this to come?

Mary's took 4 weeks.   At week 3 we went into the main Phoenix office, waited 3 hours, and they couldn't tell us anything other than wait.  We went to another office and they checked, got a supervisor and found out it looked like one had not been applied for.   A week later she had her card.


March 2, 2018  Married In Hong Kong

April 30, 2018  Mary moves from the Philippines to Mexico, Husband has MX Permanent Residency

June 13, 2018 Mary receives Mexican Residency Card

June 15, 2018  I-130 DCF Appointment in Juarez  -  June 18, 2018  Approval E-Mail

August 2, 2018 Case Complete At Consulate

September 25, 2018 Interview in CDJ and Approved!

October 7, 2018 In the USA

October 27, 2018 Green Card received 

October 29, 2018 Applied for Social Security Card - November 5, 2018 Social Security Card received

November 6th, 2018 State ID Card Received, Applied for Global Entry - Feb 8,2019 Approved.

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Posted (edited)

I started work before my GC arrived. I applied for the job before my visa interview and was offered the position upon the understanding that I would bring proof of work eligibility on my first day at work. Showed HR the stamp, I-9 duly completed. No problems whatsoever. My GC took 63 days to arrive. 

Edited by JFH

 

 

 

 

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18 minutes ago, JFH said:

I started work before my GC arrived. I applied for the job before my visa interview and was offered the position upon the understanding that I would bring proof of work eligibility on my first day at work. Showed HR the stamp, I-9 duly completed. No problems whatsoever. My GC took 63 days to arrive. 

I’ve done the same thing. It’s nice to know I’ll land on my feet, all being well with the interview. 

 

Did your conditional job offer come up at your interview - were you asked about it or did you volunteer that info?

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4 minutes ago, Cogitoergosum said:

I’ve done the same thing. It’s nice to know I’ll land on my feet, all being well with the interview. 

 

Did your conditional job offer come up at your interview - were you asked about it or did you volunteer that info?

Yes it was discussed at interview. More as a matter of interest as to what my plans were when I arrived. 


 

 

 

 

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