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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Sweden

First of all, thank you guys for helping me because I would not have been able to do this without ya'll.
My parents just got their IR5 visa on their swedish passports and I booked us all 3 one way tickets to USA.

Question 1 - Greencard:

I'm a bit stuck on how they will get their actual greencard. Someone here told me it's sent out automatically?
Online I read I have to pay an immigration fee. Is that the DS-260? I just have no idea what to do and how to find out if I should pay in advance or not.  I mean I'm sure it won't be automatic and I have to submit some type of application?
Obviously I would like to get things done sooner.


Question 2 - Address for GC

If the greencard is being shipped somewhere, does anyone have a clue on how I can update the address or find out where it's going?

They closed phone support to 603-334-0700 :(

Question 3 - Social Security card:

My goal is to establish good credit score for both my parents. Not sure which of the 2 options below are more benefical

Should I apply for a social security card for my parents before they get their greencards? Or prior?


Question 4 - Bank account:

My goal is to establish good credit score for both my parents. Not sure which of the 2 options below are more benefical

Should I open up a debit bank account for my parents as soon as we get there? Or is it better to do it after getting a social security card and/or their greencards?

Please let me know even if you don't know the answer to all 3.
Thank you so much !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Indonesia

1. they will get the greencard automatically after you paid the fee ( you can do it either before or after they land in US)

2. when they touch down to the US, they can update the address at the CBP

3. u can put them as authorize user first and then they can built up their credit score / BOA is super easy to open secure credit card, i just used my passport and get the credit card that way

4. bank checking/saving account doesnt need credit score. credit score = credit. like no. 3, i can get both checking account and secured credit card just with my passport in 2017

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Taiwan

1.  They will have to [ay $220 immigrant fee online AFTER their interview.  The fee can be paid before or after arriving in the US.  A green Card will not be produced until the fee has been paid.  If paid, the Green Card will be sent automatically after their arrival

2.  They should verify/notify the CBP officer of their address when they arrive at the POE.  Then the AR-11 is used to change addresses.

3.  They should mark the box on the DS-260 to receive a SS card automatically after arrival.

4.  Many banks will not open a new account without a Social Security number......Their stamped passports serve as a Green Card until the plastic one arrives.

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Kenya

$220 each

Immigration journey is not: fast, for the faint at heart, easy, cheap, for the impatient nor right away. If more than 50% of this applies to you, best get off the bus.

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