Marriage Green Card
A marriage green card is an immigrant visa which grants legal resident status to the spouse of a US citizen or US green card holder.
The Marriage Green Card Process
The marriage green card process will depend on where the foreign national spouse is located, inside or outside of the United States. If the foreign national spouse is currently located outside of the United States and the couple is not yet married and prefers to apply for the marriage green card while inside the United States, then VISANOW recommends to apply for a K-1 Fiancé visa. If the couple is already married and the foreign national spouse is already inside the United States, then the correct marriage green card process to follow would be Adjustment of Status. If the couple is already married but the foreign national spouse is located outside of the U.S., then the correct marriage green card process to follow is Consular Processing.
Apply for a Marriage Green Card while inside the United States: Adjustment of Status
If the foreign national spouse is already located inside the United States, VISANOW would prepare an inside marriage green card case for the spouse, which is also known as Adjustment of Status. To avoid lengthy processing times and/or denial of the green card application, it is essential that the green card application is expertly prepared and includes all forms and strong supporting evidence. Applying for a marriage green card does not just consist of filling out forms, but preparing a strong green card case that will meet USCIS’s high standards. To ensure that the spouse gets a marriage green card, it is always in your best interest to have experienced immigration attorneys prepare the green card application for you.
Marriage Green Card Processing time
The amount of time that the marriage green card process takes will depend on the sponsor/petitioner’s status in the United States. Priority is always given to spouses of U.S. citizens. Currently, the wait time for a U.S. citizens’ spouses’ green card is about 5-8 months.
Apply for a Marriage Green Card while outside the United States: Consular Processing
If the foreign national spouse is located outside of the United States, then obtaining a green card by marriage will include two steps.
- I-130 application
The purpose of the I-130 application is to prove to USCIS that the sponsor and the foreign national spouse are legitimately married. This can be difficult since most couples do not know how to document the legitimacy of their relationship. It is critical that all forms are prepared accurately and that a strong case is established in order to ensure the spouse’s green card is approved.
- Consular Processing:
Once the I-130 application is approved, the petition is forwarded to the National Visa Center for further processing. This step can be very confusing and time consuming. To ensure that the marriage green card process moves as quickly as possible and to minimize the risk of being denied, it is critical that all documents are accurately collected according to local consulate requirements, all government fees are paid in full, and the medical exam is completed. The marriage green card interview will then be scheduled at the local U.S. consulate. VISANOW is here to ensure that you move as quickly as possible through this process while being effectively prepared for the final interview.
Outside Marriage Green Card Processing Time
VISANOW works with our clients to make sure that the marriage green card process goes as quickly and easily as possible. The process for a marriage green card case will vary depending on current USCIS and U.S. consulate processing times, as well as the petitioner’s status in the United States.
Priority for green card cases is granted to spouses of U.S. citizens. The average processing time for marriage green card applications is around 8-10 months. If the sponsor is a green card holder, you can call to speak with one of our immigration specialists for more details.
VISANOW: Your Marriage Green Card Partner
Since 1998, VISANOW has won approvals for thousands of marriage green cards. By partnering with VISANOW, you can confidently depend on our expert immigration attorneys and confide in our experienced customer support team to guide you, step by step, through the marriage green card process. Our mission at VISANOW is to provide our clients with the ultimate immigration experience and we provide that by delivering:
- The FASTEST attorney response times
- The EASIEST access to a customer support team to guide you through the process
- The industry’s HIGHEST approval rates
- Low, flat, all inclusive fees
- 24/7 online access to your case information
With VISANOW you don’t have to worry about unexpected fees, unreturned phone calls, or indifferent attorneys. With VISANOW you can trust that you will have a reliable team of expert immigration attorneys and an experienced customer support staff that will work diligently to get your marriage green card approved and get your spouse here FAST!
If you have additional questions, check out our green card through marriage Frequently Asked Questions page.