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How long does it generally take to receive green cards in the mail after entering the U.S.?

I have arrived in the U.S. on an EB-5 immigrant visa and my passport was stamped at the port of entry. It has been three weeks and I have been waiting to receive my green card in the mail but have not received it yet. How long does it generally take to receive green cards in the mail after entering the U.S.? Can I travel out of the U.S. without having received the green card?

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    Daniel A Zeft

    Immigration Attorney
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    It takes several weks to receive the conditional permanent resident card in the mail. It would be best to remain in the U.S. for a period of time before you depart.

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    Fredrick W Voigtmann

    Immigration Attorney
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    The green cards are taking anywhere from a few weeks to three months to be received. If you have entered the United States and have not received your green card in 90 days, you should follow up with USCIS. You may travel with your I-551 stamp endorsement stamp in your passport for up to one year. The language should indicate that on the stamp in your passport.

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    BoBi Ahn

    Immigration Attorney
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    Usually within 30 to 60 days of entering is the card produced and mailed to the address provided. Until you receive the actual card in the mail, you can travel using the unexpired/valid immigrant visa stamp on your passport.

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    Raymond Lahoud

    Immigration Attorney
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    Your simple entry will not trigger the lawful permanent resident card to be issued and mailed. USCIS requires new immigrants to pay a USCIS filing fee. Once that is complete, you will be issued the LPR card. It does not automatically mail out to you, absent your going through this last post-admission procedure.

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    Julia Roussinova

    Immigration Attorney
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    If you paid the green card fee, then it should arrive within 30 to 60 days. Your SSN card should also arrive within this time frame unless you had SSN issued previously in another immigration status in the U.S. You can check posted processing times on uscis.gov website. If your case is outside processing times for a green card to arrive, then your attorney should be able to make an inquiry with USCIS. Your immigrant visa should be noted that it serves as I-551 for one year after entry. You can travel and work with this evidence and a valid foreign passport.

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    Bernard P Wolfsdorf

    Immigration Attorney
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    It usually takes about two to three weeks.

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    Dale Schwartz

    Immigration Attorney
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    Two weeks to several months.

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    Belma Chinchoy

    Immigration Attorney
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    It should be within a month from entry.

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    Robert West

    Immigration Attorney
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    30 to 60 days is about the normal time frame.

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    Marisa Casablanca

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    After you arrive in the United States it takes anywhere from 10 days to three months to get the green card in the mail. You may continue to travel with the immigrant visa as long as it is still valid in your passport.

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    Salvatore Picataggio

    Immigration Attorney
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    Do not leave the U.S. until you have your green card. It could take a month or more.

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    Lynne Feldman

    Immigration Attorney
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    Did you pay the $220 processing fee before you left overseas? If yes, figure 30 days or so. If not, paid until you enter the U.S. 60 to 90 days.

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    Jinhee Wilde

    Immigration Attorney
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    Now that USCIS has increased the immigrant fee, the card production has been coming in about a month or six weeks. However, if you must travel before you get the card, check on the visa page and see if it is noted for multiple entries. Your immigration lawyer should be able to guide you.

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    Charles Foster

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    Once you have been admitted as a conditional lawful permanent resident and you receive your passport stamp, you should receive your conditional lawful permanent resident card relatively soon. Since it has been three weeks, I would anticipate you would receive same any day. I am assuming you have not changed addresses from the address you gave at the time you entered the United States. If you did change your address, the USCIS will not forward your conditional lawful permanent resident card.

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