How Long Does It Take to Get a Marriage Green Card?


The spousal visa process typically takes 9-36 months


How long does it take to get a marriage green card?

The current total wait time for a marriage-based green card ranges between 9 to 36 months, depending on whether you are married to a U.S. citizen or green card holder and where you currently live (not including possible delays).

Here’s how long it typically takes to get a marriage green card:

If your spouse is a… And you currently live… Then you will wait about…
U.S. citizen In the U.S. 14-28 months
Abroad 17-24 months
U.S. green card holder In the U.S. 22-36 months
Abroad 15-23 months

Keep reading to find out which processing time applies to your own marriage-based green card application.

For applicants living in the United States, Boundless also has more information about green card processing times by location as well as travel and work permit processing delays.


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Currently Living in the U.S.


Spouse seeking a green card lives in the U.S. and is married to a U.S. citizen

  • Establishing the marriage relationship (Form I-130) and applying for a green card at the same time (Form I-485): 8-11 months*
  • Interview and approval: 1-2 months (but can be longer depending on the field office)

Total estimated time: 9-13 months (full details here)

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Spouse seeking a green card lives in the U.S. and is married to a U.S. green card holder

  • Establishing the marriage relationship (Form I-130): 8-11 months*
  • Waiting for green card availability in the visa bulletin: 0 months (as of June 2021)
  • Applying for the green card (Form I-485): 13-23 months**
  • Interview and approval: 1-2 months (but can be longer)

Total estimated time: 22-36 months (full details here)

* Excludes California and Vermont field offices, both of which are experiencing longer than average wait times.

**Excludes Miami, FL; Atlanta, GA; Baltimore, MD; Brooklyn, NY; New York City, NY; and Queens, NY, all of which are experiencing longer than average wait times.

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Currently Living Abroad


Spouse seeking a green card lives abroad and is married to a U.S. citizen

Total estimated time: 10-15 months (full details here)

Spouse seeking a green card lives abroad and is married to a U.S. green card holder

Total estimated time: 10-15 months (full details here)

* Excludes California and Vermont field offices, both of which are experiencing longer than average wait times.

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