How long do I have to be married before applying for a green card?
It depends on each couple’s specific situation. For instance, if a couple applies from within the United States using the Adjustment of Status process, and they have been together for a significant amount of time prior to filing the green card, applying shortly after marrying likely won’t be an issue. However, a couple with a very short romance prior to marriage, who then apply soon after for a green card, may face increased scrutiny from the USCIS officer reviewing their application. Regardless, all couples will be required to show evidence of relationship as part of the application process.