How long do I have to be married before applying for a green card?


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Aug 4, 2021


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How long do I have to be married before applying for a green card?

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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.


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