For the applicants applying for a marriage-based green card living in the U.S. and are married to a U.S. citizen, the processing time of the green card application will be the shortest.
In this case, the waiting period to get a marriage green card is about 10-13 months since:
- The application processing time takes about 9-11 months,
- Scheduling interviews and approval takes 1-2 months.
Whatsmore, you can apply for a marriage-based green card through a procedure called “Concurrent Filing, “meaning you can save plenty of time by filing two forms at the same time.
There are four steps to follow in this process.
Step 1. Filing Green Card Application
Firstly, U.S. citizens file a marriage petition for their foreign spouse. The marriage green card package contains:
When USCIS receives your Form I-130 application package, it will issue a receipt notice in about 2-3 weeks containing a set of case numbers. You can use the number to track your case status online- USCIS Case Status.
Step 2. Biometrics Appointment
Upon receiving your immigrant visa application, USCIS will issue a biometrics appointment notice for the foreign spouse. This will take about 3-5 weeks before your marriage interview is scheduled.
Step 3. Attending the Interview
From 4 to 12 months after applying, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services USCIS will send you a green card interview notice with the date, time, and location you and your spouse will attend.
Step 4. Green Card Arrival
You can expect that your green card will arrive 2-3 weeks after the green card interview, but it can take longer in some cases.