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    Hello forum members!

    Although my sponsor is guiding me how to move to USA but i am still confusing that any additional documents (other than my interview submitted documents) do i carry during my departure to USA? How long later can I get my SSN Card and green card after my entry? Can I get job immediately when i reach there????? How much money can I carry? any limitation to carry cash USD? Please help and waiting response from you all. ...Thanks and best of luck for all who are intending to move US and to do interview very soon.

    NEPA
    CN : 2013AS00001***
    1st NL: received
    Check 1stt NL: 1st week of July 2012
    Forms sent KCC: 18 July 2012
    Delivered to KCC: 23 July 2012
    Inquiry with KCC: 27 August 2012 (by mail)
    Confirmed by KCC: 5 September 2012
    2nd NL: received
    Passport: done
    Medical test: don
    Police report: done
    Eng. Translation of documents: done
    Interview: Successful
    Visa: Collected
    US arrived: 17 February 2013 Sunday
    SSN: received
    Job: looking
    GC: not yet

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    16 October 2012: 2014DV

  • #2
    You don't need anything else except the passport with visa and the package given to you at the consulate. Carry that package in your hand, don't put it in your checked baggage.
    SSN will come in 4-6 weeks. Actual green card will arrive in 2-3 weeks.
    You are eligible to seek a job once you enter, getting a job depends on many things.
    You can carry any amount of money, anything over US $ 10000 will have to be reported to US customs authorities when you land. Your country may also have a restriction on it.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by nepa2013 View Post
      Hello forum members!

      Although my sponsor is guiding me how to move to USA but i am still confusing that any additional documents (other than my interview submitted documents) do i carry during my departure to USA? How long later can I get my SSN Card and green card after my entry? Can I get job immediately when i reach there????? How much money can I carry? any limitation to carry cash USD? Please help and waiting response from you all. ...Thanks and best of luck for all who are intending to move US and to do interview very soon.

      NEPA
      Sorry I don't know all of the answers, but after you get your visa get an air ticket and fly.
      I read in another thread that you should better carry few additional 2"x2" (DV standard) photographs and also if you are at Nepal then just by showing your passport and air tickets any bank or exchange agency can get you an exchange of US $2500 no question asked but if you want more than that then you will need to show reason and necessary documents and you may also be asked to approach central Bank (N.R.B.).
      I would suggest better look for an airline which would give you most baggage allowance. Good-luck.
      CN : 2013AS000044**
      Forms sent to KCC : 20th Nov 2012
      USPS Confirmed delivery : 5th Dec 2012
      KCC confirmed delivery : 27th Dec 2012
      2nd NL: 11th Jan 2013
      Medical: done
      Interview: done
      Visa pickup: 21st March 2013
      P.O.E.: Chicago, IL

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      • #4
        Thank you for your reply. i am hoping more replies about it who already went to USA getting DV.
        CN : 2013AS00001***
        1st NL: received
        Check 1stt NL: 1st week of July 2012
        Forms sent KCC: 18 July 2012
        Delivered to KCC: 23 July 2012
        Inquiry with KCC: 27 August 2012 (by mail)
        Confirmed by KCC: 5 September 2012
        2nd NL: received
        Passport: done
        Medical test: don
        Police report: done
        Eng. Translation of documents: done
        Interview: Successful
        Visa: Collected
        US arrived: 17 February 2013 Sunday
        SSN: received
        Job: looking
        GC: not yet

        --------------------
        16 October 2012: 2014DV

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        • #5
          DHS has just instituted a visa processing fee (this fee has been authorized since 2010 but they are only now starting to collect it). That fee is $165. IF you do not pay it for yourself and each dependent (spouse and kids, if any) then USCIS will NOT send you your greencard(s).

          Upon entry, you will be processed as an arriving new immigrant. It takes a little longer to get through the checkpoint. Your visa (in your passport) will serve as proof of immigrant status and be a temporary greencard good for one year. This will be your employment authorization also, an employer may NOT refuse to hire you while awaiting issuance of the SSN. Hopefully, you checked the box on the DS-230 Application for the visa, which asks for a SSN to be sent automatically.

          Lastly, have a firm mailing address ready. If the address you gave as your U.S. address has changed or is likely to change soon after entry, you need to update that info at time of entry or ASAP (so you can get your SSN and greencard).

          Good Luck.

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          • #6
            Hello Bigjoe

            Thank your for your reply. but now i am in confuse that when and how to pay $165 to USCIS? at the time of port of entry or we have to go somewhere to pay this $165 for each?
            CN : 2013AS00001***
            1st NL: received
            Check 1stt NL: 1st week of July 2012
            Forms sent KCC: 18 July 2012
            Delivered to KCC: 23 July 2012
            Inquiry with KCC: 27 August 2012 (by mail)
            Confirmed by KCC: 5 September 2012
            2nd NL: received
            Passport: done
            Medical test: don
            Police report: done
            Eng. Translation of documents: done
            Interview: Successful
            Visa: Collected
            US arrived: 17 February 2013 Sunday
            SSN: received
            Job: looking
            GC: not yet

            --------------------
            16 October 2012: 2014DV

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            • #7
              Originally posted by nepa2013 View Post
              Hello Bigjoe

              Thank your for your reply. but now i am in confuse that when and how to pay $165 to USCIS? at the time of port of entry or we have to go somewhere to pay this $165 for each?
              They will ask and give you options, this is not something to worry about. Read about it at: http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/usc...0045f3d6a1RCRD

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              • #8
                Just today i went to our embassy to collect my Visa and documents what they gave me to submit to POE. On the occasion, they oriented us how and what to do further action after getting visa and being permanent resident. But they don't brief about $165 additional to get green card.
                CN : 2013AS00001***
                1st NL: received
                Check 1stt NL: 1st week of July 2012
                Forms sent KCC: 18 July 2012
                Delivered to KCC: 23 July 2012
                Inquiry with KCC: 27 August 2012 (by mail)
                Confirmed by KCC: 5 September 2012
                2nd NL: received
                Passport: done
                Medical test: don
                Police report: done
                Eng. Translation of documents: done
                Interview: Successful
                Visa: Collected
                US arrived: 17 February 2013 Sunday
                SSN: received
                Job: looking
                GC: not yet

                --------------------
                16 October 2012: 2014DV

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                • #9
                  The fee is only applicable to visas issued from February 2013.

                  Originally posted by nepa2013 View Post
                  Just today i went to our embassy to collect my Visa and documents what they gave me to submit to POE. On the occasion, they oriented us how and what to do further action after getting visa and being permanent resident. But they don't brief about $165 additional to get green card.
                  Why Am I Being Forced to Display a Signature?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Sm1smom View Post
                    The fee is only applicable to visas issued from February 2013.
                    I guess your right,
                    CN : 2013AS000017XX
                    1st NL : May 02, 2012 (Status checked & selected)
                    Forms Sent : June 18, 2012 (Via DHL)
                    Forms Received : June 21, 2012 (DHL Confirmed)
                    Confirmed by KCC: 14 September 2012
                    Police Reports : Done
                    2nd NL : October 18, 2012
                    Medical : Done
                    Interview : 18th December 2012
                    Visa Picked up : 8th January 2013
                    POE : Chicago 5th April 2013
                    GC : 20th April 2013
                    SSN : 14th May 2013

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                    • #11
                      The fee is for the USCIS who would process (issue physical GC) people who come in after 2/1/13.
                      Even if you got your visa stamp before, but you come to US on or after 2/1, you will be most likely be charged, IMO.
                      Pl dbl chk. (you will probably know it at POE during USCIS leg of processing, I think)

                      Best!
                      Last edited by NuvF; 11th January 2013, 10:57 AM.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by NuvF View Post
                        The fee is for the USCIS who would process (issue physical GC) people who come in after 2/1/13.
                        Even if you got your visa stamp before, but you come to US on or after 2/1, you will be most likely be charged, IMO.
                        Pl dbl chk. (you will probably know it at POE during USCIS leg of processing, I think)

                        Best!
                        The new fee shouldn't quite apply to anyone who received their visa package before Feb. 1st 2013, (even if they arrive in the US on/after Feb. 1st) going by the information on USCIS's website:

                        Who Needs to Pay the Fee

                        Any individual who on or after February 1, 2013 receives an immigrant visa package from a United States consulate or embassy abroad (including Canada and Mexico) will pay the USCIS Immigrant Fee.
                        http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/usc...0045f3d6a1RCRD

                        But then government agencies have been known to say one thing regarding a policy, and the people implementing such policies to do another thing.
                        Last edited by Sm1smom; 11th January 2013, 12:14 PM.
                        Why Am I Being Forced to Display a Signature?

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                        • #13
                          Yeah, seems it is for those who receive approved DV CP packets after 2/1. (it will be the 'date issued' on the visa stamp, regardless when you rcv it, I m sure. So some who get approved in Jan but rcv it in Feb may get away with it! )

                          But as Smsmom said, YOU NEVER KNOW!!, so be prepared to pay if you come in after 2/1!!


                          When and How to Pay the Fee

                          Applicants must pay this fee online through the USCIS website. Applicants should submit payments after they receive their visa package from DOS and before they depart for the United States.
                          Last edited by NuvF; 11th January 2013, 12:14 PM.

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                          • #14
                            Thank you Nuvf, its' really helpful but we have to prepare for this.
                            CN : 2013AS00001***
                            1st NL: received
                            Check 1stt NL: 1st week of July 2012
                            Forms sent KCC: 18 July 2012
                            Delivered to KCC: 23 July 2012
                            Inquiry with KCC: 27 August 2012 (by mail)
                            Confirmed by KCC: 5 September 2012
                            2nd NL: received
                            Passport: done
                            Medical test: don
                            Police report: done
                            Eng. Translation of documents: done
                            Interview: Successful
                            Visa: Collected
                            US arrived: 17 February 2013 Sunday
                            SSN: received
                            Job: looking
                            GC: not yet

                            --------------------
                            16 October 2012: 2014DV

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