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 government filing fees for getting a green card through marriage is $1,760 for an applicant living in the United States or $1,200 for an applicant living outside the United States. This does not include the typical cost of the required medical examination, which varies by provider.

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Mandatory Fees

The following chart breaks down both the fees you must pay directly to the government — in most cases, that’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), unless otherwise noted — and to the physician who performs the required medical exam.

Marriage Green Card Costs
Fee TypeCost (to Applicant Living in the U.S.)Cost (to Applicant Living Abroad)
Family Sponsorship Form (I-130)$535$535
Green Card Application Form (I-485)$1,140Not required
Financial Support Form (I-864)$0$120
Declaration of Self-Sufficiency (I-944)$0Not required
Public Charge Questionnaire (DS-5540)Not required$0
Work Permit Application Form (I-765) (optional)$0Not required
Travel Permit Application Form (I-131) (optional)$0Not required
Biometrics (Fingerprints & Photo)$85$0
State Department ProcessingNot required$325
USCIS Immigrant FeeNot required$220
Medical Examination*Varies*Varies

*The most typical cost for a medical exam is around $200, but this amount can vary significantly by provider. Boundless customers have reported prices ranging from $100 to $500. Our detailed guide to preparing for the medical exam has more information.

Also note that these government fees are only paid at the same time if you are married to a U.S. citizen and living in the United States. For other scenarios, these fees will be paid several months apart, during different stages of the green card application process.

You can use this calculator from USCIS to help you determine how much you’ll need to pay.

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Other Potential Costs

Beyond direct government fees and the medical exam fee, there are other green card costs to keep in mind:

Vaccination fees: Should your medical exam require it, you may need to update your vaccinations before receiving your completed medical examination report. Like medical exam fees, vaccination costs will vary by provider.

Translation services fees: 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 $20 and $40. Please note: Boundless does not currently provide translation services.

Equivalency Evaluation: Foreign education should include an evaluation of equivalency to education or degrees acquired at accredited colleges, universities, or educational institutions in the United States. Costs for an equivalency evaluation report typically start at $80.

Document fees: As part of the green card application process, you will be asked to submit digital or physical copies of supporting documents, such as a birth certificate, marriage certificate, and passport. You and your spouse will also need to bring the original copies when attending your final green card interview (either in the United States or at a U.S. embassy or consulate abroad). Government agencies generally charge fees for issuing certain official documents.

Professional photography fees: To verify your identity and conduct background checks, the U.S. government will ask you to submit two recent 2-inch-by-2-inch photographs, which will vary in price by service provider. Although you are allowed to take your own photos, it’s generally a good idea to use a professional photography service, and many drug stores provide passport-style photos for a relatively low fee.

Travel expenses: When you attend your biometrics appointment, green card interview, and medical exam, the U.S. government will not reimburse you for the expenses you incur when traveling to these locations. The same is true if you must travel to various government agencies to obtain official documents.

Shipping costs: At different stages of the green card application process, you will pay nominal charges for postage and mailing of your application and supporting documents.

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Using Boundless

Boundless guides you through the entire marriage green card application process for a flat $950 fee that includes all of the following:

  • A step-by-step online tool to complete the green card application package with confidence
  • Live support with the U.S.-based Boundless team
  • Independent immigration attorney review, with opportunities to ask questions
  • A ready-to-submit green card application package, assembled precisely how the the government prefers, and mailed to your doorstep
  • Helpful updates on your case status all the way until you get your green card
  • 100% satisfaction guarantee

Note: In the unlikely event you get a Request for Evidence (RFE), we can help you respond to the government for an additional $200.

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