How Long Does It Take to Get a Marriage-Based Green Card?

Obtaining a green card for your spouse doesn’t have to be confusing.  Here’s an overview of the marriage-based green card process, explained in plain language.

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HOW LONG WILL ALL OF THIS TAKE?

Here’s a quick preview, in response to one of the most common questions we hear: How long does it take?

The answer depends on your situation—but if all goes according to plan, there are four common timelines:

 

IF THE SPOUSE SEEKING A GREEN CARD LIVES ABROAD AND IS MARRIED TO A U.S. CITIZEN...

  • Establishing the marriage relationship (Form I-130): 6-8 months
  • Establishing the spouse’s eligibility for a green card (National Visa Center application): 3-5 months
  • Interview and approval: 1-2 months

Total estimated time: 9-15 months

 

IF THE SPOUSE SEEKING A GREEN CARD LIVES IN THE U.S. AND IS MARRIED TO A U.S. CITIZEN...

  • Establishing the marriage relationship (Form I-130) and applying for a green card at the same time (Form I-485): 8-10 months
  • Interview and approval: 1-2 months

Total estimated time: 9-12 months

 

IF THE SPOUSE SEEKING A GREEN CARD LIVES ABROAD AND IS MARRIED TO A U.S. GREEN CARD HOLDER...

  • Establishing the marriage relationship (Form I-130): 6-8 months
  • Waiting for green card availability: 12-14 months
  • Establishing the spouse’s eligibility for a green card (National Visa Center application): 3-5 months
  • Interview and approval: 1-2 months

Total estimated time: 22-29 months

 

IF THE SPOUSE SEEKING A GREEN CARD LIVES IN THE U.S. AND IS MARRIED TO A U.S. GREEN CARD HOLDER...

  • Establishing the marriage relationship (Form I-130): 6-8 months
  • Waiting for green card availability: 12-14 months
  • Establishing the spouse’s eligibility for a green card (Form I-485): 8-10 months
  • Interview and approval: 1-2 months

Total estimated time: 27-34 months

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