Marriage Green Card Process, Explained

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Marriage Green Card Process, Explained

Marriage Green Card Process, Explained

How to get a green card through marriage

Here’s a quick 4 step overview of our marriage green card process

Establish a Valid Marriage

First, you’ll assemble all the required documents to prove that your marriage is valid. Don’t stress, we’ll help you make sure you gather the right documents. Just watch our on-demand videos for helpful tips and guidance.

Apply for Green Card

Once you’ve uploaded your documents and completed the questionnaire, we’ll prepare your application for your signatures. Afterwards, we’ll assemble everything and file on your behalf.

Upload Documents to Client Portal

Next, you’ll upload your documents to your secure client portal for attorney review. If anything is missing will let you know. If not, we’ll send you a simple online questionnaire to complete. You’ll complete it at your convenience.

Attend Interview

Finally, you’ll both attend a marriage green card interview at your local US Citizenship and Immigration Services office. We’ll help you prepare with a mock interview via a video conference.

Here’s a Complete Overview of the Marriage Green Card Process.

Assemble Documents. Prepare and File. Attend Interview.

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Congratulations on your Marriage! Now You May Be Thinking, What is a Marriage Green Card?

A marriage green card allows the spouse of a U.S. citizen or green card holder to live and work anywhere in the United States. Spouses of U.S. citizens are eligible to apply for citizenship after been a green card holder for three years.

How Do I Apply For a Marriage Green Card?

Getting a green card though marriage is generally a three step process:

1. Establishing a Valid Marriage Relationship (Form I-130)
2. Applying for your green card (Form I-485, if in the U.S.)
3. Attending the green card interview and awaiting approval.

Because we have handled numerous marriage green card cases over the years, we understand that most of our clients always have the same questions. That’s why we developed an online course created specifically for you in mind to take you through the process step-by-step and help you get approved, easily and conveniently, with attorney support from start to finish.

Step 1: Establishing a Valid Marriage

First, you’ll need to assemble all the required documentsto prove a valid marriage relationship. For example, a joint bank account, joint lease, mortgage, and or deed, and photos taken together. Don’t stress about getting your documents together, we’ll help you make sure you gather the right documents with our on-demand videos in our learning center, so you’ll be ready to file the Form I-130 (officially called the “Petition for Alien Relative”), with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”). The USCIS filing fee for the I-130 Petition is $535.00.

Step 2: Establishing Spouse’s Eligibility to Apply for a Green Card

Next, the U.S. government follows two different processes to determine a spouse’s eligibility for a marriage green card. The spouse applies for adjustment of status using Form I-485, if in the U.S. If outside the U.S., the spouse applies for Consular Processing. We handle the marriage green card process for U.S. citizens and their spouses applying from within the U.S., so we will focus on that type of marriage green card process.

The first step is assembling your documents. For example, you’ll need proof of the spouse’s nationality, proof of lawful entry into the U.S., medical examination, and prepare an affidavit of support showing your ability to financially provide for your spouse. In addition, the USCIS filing fees are $1225 and the processing times range from 7 months to over 2 years depending on your situation and where you live.

Working with us, we’ll prepare all the immigration forms for you. No need to worry about the forms, we understand that’s it’s complicated. That’s why we created an online course specifically designed with you in mind, to help you get approved, with attorney support from start to finish.

Step 3: Attend the Interview

The final step in the marriage green card process is the interview. The interviewing officer’s primary goal is to determine whether or not your marriage is legitimate. The officer will base a decision on your documents and your testimony.

Questions at the interview can focus on how you met, if you have met each other parents’ or other family members, details about special occasions, holidays, and your home, as well as, plans for your future. Our job is to help you prove to the officer that your marriage is valid by filing the proper documents and forms and preparing you for the interview. Generally, if approved, the green card will be mailed within a few weeks.

Working with us, you receive a one-on-one mock interview session via a video conference. We want to make sure you feel fully prepared to attend the interview and that it is successful.

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens next depends on the length of your marriage at the time of your green card approval. 

A marriage green card is issued for ten years, unless the couple has been married for less than two years, in which case your spouse will receive a two year “conditional” green card. 90 days prior to your second anniversary of having your green card approved, you will apply to remove conditions using Form I-751 (officially called the “Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence”) and then if approved, receive a ten year green card.

The typical adjustment of status packet for a marriage based green card includes seven different immigration forms and here they are listed for you.

  • Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative
  • Form I-130A, Supplemental Information for Spouse Beneficiary
  • Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status
  • Form I-864, Affidavit of Support
  • Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record
  • Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization (optional)
  • Form I-131, Application for Travel Document (optional)

Currently processing times generally range from 7 months to over 2 years, depending on your situation and where you live. Typically,   we can help you file a marriage green card application within 30 dayswe can help you file a marriage green card application within 30 days, but it depends on how quickly you can assemble the required documents. 

With Subhan Law, you’ll get access to an on-demand videos in our legal learning center, that will walk you through the process step-by-step, including: assembling your documents, using the client portal to upload your documents, 

For the flat rate of $2995, Subhan Law helps you complete your entire marriage-based green card application, including all required forms and supporting documents, top-rated immigration attorney review, and support from the moment you enroll in our online course through when your application is filed and until you receive your green card.

We believe in full transparency — apart from government filing fees which cost $1,760, and a postal fee of $40, Subhan Law charges no additional fees, as part of helping you prepare and submit your complete green card application.

We are dedicated to helping you navigate your immigration journey with confidence, and that’s why we have a 100% money back guarantee. Please see terms and conditions. We’re confident that we can help you get approved because our success rate is 100%.