What happens after you receive the immigrant visa?

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The consular officer will return your foreign spouse’s and any child’s passports with machine readable visas, along with a sealed envelope containing the documents previously provided and other documents prepared by the United States embassy or consulate. Before departing for the United States the foreign spouse and any children must pay a USCIS Immigrant Fee ($165) online. Upon entry, the sealed envelope will be opened by the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer and approximately 2 weeks after entry as an immigrant, each person will receive a lawful permanent resident card.