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


The spousal visa process typically takes 10 to 38 months.


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

The total wait time for a marriage-based green card ranges between 10 to 38 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).

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.


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): 9–11 months
  • Interview and approval: 1–2 months

Total estimated time: 10–13 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): 11–15 months
  • Waiting for green card availability in the visa bulletin: 8–10 months
  • Applying for the green card (Form I-485): 9–11 months
  • Interview and approval: 1–2 months

Total estimated time: 29–38 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

Total estimated time: 11–17 months (full details here)

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

Total estimated time: 23–32 months (full details here)

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