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


The spousal visa process currently takes 15.5 months


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

The current total wait time for a marriage-based green card averages about 15.5 months. This will vary depending on whether you are married to a U.S. citizen or green card holder and where you currently live (additional backlogs may be applicable depending on your location). Not sure if you qualify for a marriage based green card? Start by checking your eligibility.

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. 11-20 months
Abroad 7.5-13.5 months
U.S. green card holder In the U.S. 11-20 months
Abroad 13.5-35.5 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.


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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): 11-20 months

Total estimated time: 11-20 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) and applying for a green card at the same time (Form I-485): 11-20 months

Total estimated time: 11-20 months (full details here)

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Currently Living Abroad


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

  • Establishing the marriage relationship (Form I-130): 7.5-13.5 months

Total estimated time: Additional time will vary depending on consulate/embassy backlogs (full details here)

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

  • Establishing the marriage relationship (Form I-130): 13.5-35.5 months

Total estimated time: Additional time will vary depending on consulate/embassy backlogs (full details here)

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