What Are The Costs of 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.

How much will all of this cost?

That depends on whether the spouse seeking the green card (the "beneficiary") is living in the U.S. or abroad. 

Spouse Living in the United States: At least $1,960 (government fees plus medical exam)

Spouse Living Abroad: At least $1,200 (government fees)

For a detailed summary of these government fees and other possible costs, see below...


First, there are the fees you must pay directly to the government—in most cases that’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), unless otherwise noted.

Spouse Living in the United States

  • Marriage relationship form (I-130): $535
  • Green card application form (I-485): $1,140
  • Financial support form (I-864): $0
  • Work permit application form (I-765): $0
  • Travel permit application form: $0
  • Biometrics (fingerprints and photo): $85

Total: $1,760


Spouse Living Abroad

  • Marriage relationship form (I-130): $535
  • Financial support form (I-864): $120
  • State Department application processing fee: $325
  • USCIS Immigrant Fee: $220

Total: $ 1,200


other fees

Beyond direct government fees, there are other costs worth keeping in mind:

  • Translation services: If your green card application package includes any documents in a language other than English, you must also include a translation of each document, certified as accurate by the translator. The cost of these services will vary (for example, a certified translation of a one-page birth certificate might range between $50-100).

  • Document fees: When going to your final interview (either in the U.S. or at an embassy or consulate abroad), you will be asked to bring original copies of your supporting documents (for example, your marriage certificate).  Certain official documents may require a government fee to obtain.


Only for a Spouse Living in the United States:

  • Medical exam: The required medical examination from a USCIS-approved physician generally costs between $200-300.

  • Vaccinations: Should your medical exam require it, you may need to update your vaccinations before receiving your completed medical examination report.


Boundless provides you with an easy-to-use, step-by-step online tool so you can complete your green card application process with confidence.

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