How Much Does a Marriage Green Card Cost?

Government fees and other common expenses for green card applications

How much does it cost to apply for a marriage green card?

The total cost of a marriage green card is approximately $1,960 (for a spouse living in the United States) or $1,400 (for a spouse living abroad). This includes mandatory U.S. government fees plus the typical cost of the required medical exam.

Mandatory Government Fees

First, there are the fees you must pay directly to the government—in most cases that’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), unless otherwise noted.

Marriage Green Card Costs

Other Potential Fees

Beyond direct government fees, there are other green card costs to keep in mind:

Medical examination
The required medical examination from a government-approved physician generally costs around $200, though this amount can vary significantly. A spouse living in the United States must use a USCIS-approved physician, while a spouse living abroad must use a State Department-approved physician. For more details, see our guide to Preparing for the Medical Exam.

Should your medical exam require it, you may need to update your vaccinations before receiving your completed medical examination report.

Translation services
If your green card application package includes any documents in a language other than English, you must also include a translation of each document, certified as accurate by the translator. The cost of these services will vary (for example, a certified translation of a one-page birth certificate might range between $50-100).

Document fees
When going to your final green card interview (either in the United States or at an embassy or consulate abroad), you and your spouse will be asked to bring original copies of your supporting documents (for example, your marriage certificate). Certain official documents may require a government fee to obtain.

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Marriage Green Card Costs

Government Fees Applicant Lives in the U.S. Applicant Lives Abroad
Family sponsorship form (I-130) $535 $535
Green card application form (I-485) $1,440 [not required]
Financial support form (I-864) $0


Work permit application form (I-765) $0 [not required]
Travel permit application form (I-131) $0 [not required]
Biometrics (fingerprints & photo) $85 $0
State Department processing fee [not required] $325
USCIS immigrant fee [not required] $220
Totals $1,760 $1,200

Related information

Immigration FAQs

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