DV 2019 All Selectees

Hi, so I got my visa approved and I got into the United States a few days ago! Now I only need to wait for my green card to be mailed so:

1. Can I work while I wait for it?
2. What documents do I have to show to employers as proof that I can work in the US if I don't have my green card yet?
3. I don't see any of this info in the travel.state.gov website, except that it can take up to 120 days to be mailed, anybody know what wait time I should expect?

Thanks
 

SusieQQQ

Well-Known Member
Hi, so I got my visa approved and I got into the United States a few days ago! Now I only need to wait for my green card to be mailed so:

1. Can I work while I wait for it?
2. What documents do I have to show to employers as proof that I can work in the US if I don't have my green card yet?
3. I don't see any of this info in the travel.state.gov website, except that it can take up to 120 days to be mailed, anybody know what wait time I should expect?

Thanks
your stamped visa is a temporary green card, see the small print at the bottom about being a temporary i551 for a year. So yes you can work. In practice it may be hard to get a job until you get your SSN.
most people get their green cards in around a month at present, assuming you paid the immigrant fee before or very soon after you entered.
 
Hi everyone,

I will enter next month in the US in order to validate my stamped visa. I was wondering, is it ok to enter by car at the canadian border ? I'm not sure they are used to see people coming with a stamped DV lottery visa...

After, i will come back in Canada few months, so i don't need to register my car at the border, do I ? I mean, i know when you "import" a car from Canada to the US, you have some paperwork to do in order to get your car registred in a state. But i want to do that in few months, when i will settle myself in New York.

Thank you for your help,
 

Sm1smom

Super Moderator
Hi everyone,

I will enter next month in the US in order to validate my stamped visa. I was wondering, is it ok to enter by car at the canadian border ? I'm not sure they are used to see people coming with a stamped DV lottery visa...

After, i will come back in Canada few months, so i don't need to register my car at the border, do I ? I mean, i know when you "import" a car from Canada to the US, you have some paperwork to do in order to get your car registred in a state. But i want to do that in few months, when i will settle myself in New York.

Thank you for your help,
Yes you can enter the US via the Canadian border by land with your immigrant visa. You will be asked to park your vehicle and go into the building for processing.

And no, you don’t need to present any paperwork for your car on that trip.
 
Yes you can enter the US via the Canadian border by land with your immigrant visa. You will be asked to park your vehicle and go into the building for processing.

And no, you don’t need to present any paperwork for your car on that trip.

Thank you for your help, i will do that !

Have a great day !
 
What do you mean by this? Your visa has already been stamped for entry, or not? If yes, what “validation” do you mean?
Yes my visa has already been stamped for entry. I meant by "validation" to activate the processus. Go to the boarder, pay the immigrant fees, etc... The first entry

Sorry for not being very clear

Have a great day
 

Sm1smom

Super Moderator
Yes my visa has already been stamped for entry. I meant by "validation" to activate the processus. Go to the boarder, pay the immigrant fees, etc... The first entry

Sorry for not being very clear

Have a great day
I guess you mean your visa had already been issued in your passport for entry and you’re planning on taking your first trip to the US to activate your LPR status. Not your “visa has been stamped for entry”. You create confusion for people trying to help if you say your visa has been stamped for entry in this case.

By the way, you don’t get to make the GC payment at the border or during the entry process. This is something you’ll be doing online on your own.
 

SusieQQQ

Well-Known Member
Yes my visa has already been stamped for entry. I meant by "validation" to activate the processus. Go to the boarder, pay the immigrant fees, etc... The first entry

Sorry for not being very clear

Have a great day
Usually when people talk about “stamped” for entry, they mean they have already entered and the visa has the CBP stamp that converts the visa into a temporary green card. So all you are actually saying is that you just have the visa in your passport?

By the way a DV is just an immigrant visa, the guys at the Canadian border will see lots of those.
 
I guess you mean your visa had already been issued in your passport for entry and you’re planning on taking your first trip to the US to activate your LPR status. Not your “visa has been stamped for entry”. You create confusion for people trying to help if you say your visa has been stamped for entry in this case.

By the way, you don’t get to make the GC payment at the border or during the entry process. This is something you’ll be doing online on your own.
Yes, that's what exactly i meant ! Sorry for the confusion

Thank you for the information, i thought i had to do it at the border...
 
Usually when people talk about “stamped” for entry, they mean they have already entered and the visa has the CBP stamp that converts the visa into a temporary green card. So all you are actually saying is that you just have the visa in your passport?

By the way a DV is just an immigrant visa, the guys at the Canadian border will see lots of those.
Yes, exactly ! I just have the visa in my passeport and i was asking for my first entry.

Thank you for your help ! I will enter at the canadian border =)
 
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