What Documents Do I Need for 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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What documents will i need?

You may be wondering how many documents you’ll need to prepare to get started with the marriage-based green card application process.

The answer depends on your circumstances, and Boundless can help you assemble a green card application package with all the necessary forms and documents.


To help you get started, here is a list of required documents

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)
  • Any other 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 valid U.S. passport
  • Your U.S. birth certificate
  • 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



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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