Most frequently asked questions and answers
You apply for a marriage green card if in the U.S. by using the I-130 Petition and Form I-485. If outside the U.S., you will use the I-130 Petition and Consular Processing.
The marriage green card process if applying in the U.S. takes between 6-24 months depending on the State you reside. And, if going through Consular Processing, it takes between 12-24 months.
You will need 7 types of documents including: (1) essential documents – joint lease, joint bank account, (2) joint bills, (3) insurance, (4) retirement plans, (5) communications between each other, (6) evidence of trips taken together, and (7) evidence of wedding.
If applying from within the U.S., the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) charges $535 to file the Form I-130 and $1225 to file the I-485 Form. If outside the U.S., you will pay separate fees to the U.S. Department of State. Attorneys fees varies.
First, you want to prepare for the marriage green card interview questions. Second, you want to make sure to bring all the proper supporting documents. Lastly, when attending your interview make sure to dress well, I’d recommend business casual, answer ever question truthfully and honestly, and answer only what the officer is asking of you. Bring lots of photos, be positive, and also stay calm and collected. Read our article on 101 marriage green card interview questions and tips and what to expect to learn more.
Generally, marriage green card interviews are between 30 minutes to an hour.
Generally, if approved, you will receive your green card within 90 days. Also, you will either receive a 2 year conditional green card, if married less then two years when you filed, or a 10 year green card.