What Documents Do I Need for a Marriage-Based Green Card?
For anyone completing the marriage relationship form (I-130 petition):
- Proof that a legally valid marriage exists (for example, a marriage certificate showing the names of both spouses, the place of marriage, and the date of marriage)
- Proof that the marriage is not fraudulent (for example, a joint lease, joint bank account statements, and pictures together)
- Proof that any previous marriages for both spouses have been terminated (typically, a divorce document)
- Evidence of official name changes for both spouses (for example, any adoption documents or court papers regarding a name change)
If you are a U.S. citizen, you must demonstrate your status with a copy of one of the following documents:
- Your U.S. birth certificate
- Your valid U.S. passport
- Your naturalization certificate
- Your certificate of citizenship
- Your consular report of birth abroad
If you are a green card holder (permanent resident), you must demonstrate your status with a copy of one of the following documents:
- Your green card
- Your foreign passport bearing a stamp showing temporary evidence of permanent residency
For anyone completing the “adjustment of status” form (I-485 application):
- Proof of your nationality (foreign birth certificate and foreign passport)
- Proof that you entered the United States using a valid visa, demonstrated by a copy of this prior visa and the I-94 travel record (available here)
- Proof of the sponsoring spouse’s ability to financially support the spouse seeking a green card (copy of the sponsoring spouse’s latest federal income tax returns and pay stubs)—for more details, see our explanation of the “Affidavit of Support.”
- If you have ever been arrested, proof that there was no conviction (certified copy of the court record)
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