Filing a K1 Fiance Visa & Marriage Green Card Application

How to file a K1 Fiance Visa application, and adjust status to a Green Card, for the fiance of a U.S. Citizen.

Overview

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How Long Does it Take?

In total, getting a Green Card via a K1 Visa usually takes 13-18 months, but the immigrant fiance will be able to enter the U.S. as soon as they have their visa. It usually takes 9-12 months to get a K1 Visa and an additional 4-6 months to adjust status to a Green Card after the immigrant enters the US.


How much does it cost?

Immigrants Like Us does not charge anything to help you prepare and file your application, but you will need to pay government fees of $2,025 for the majority of applications.


What if I have questions?

We recommend using this guide as it lines up more neatly with the forms and services provided by Immigrants Like us. However, if you need additional guidance, this guide from the State Department and this guide from USCIS are helpful supplements.
If you need help with any part of the application process, you can reach us by clicking the button below.

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1. Satisfy the personal meeting requirement

In order to get a K1 Fiance Visa, you must be able to prove that you and your fiance have met in person at least one time within the two years before filing the visa application (except for cases of extreme hardship, or where in-person meetings would violate cultural, religious, or social norms). Evidence of meeting may include flight itineraries, hotel itineraries, dated photos, etc. In general, the more evidence you have, the better.


How do I schedule the exam?

Use the USCIS “find a doctor” tool or call the USCIS Contact Center at 1-800-375-5283 to locate a nearby civil surgeon authorized to perform immigration medical exams. Let the doctor’s office know that you are contacting them to set up a medical exam appointment for immigration purposes.

What should I bring to the exam?

Having all of your documents ready before your appointment will help the medical exam go smoothly. Here’s what you’ll need to bring with you:
● Your immunization or vaccination records
● A copy of your medical history
● Copies of any previous chest X-rays, if any
● A letter from your regular doctor outlining the treatment plan for any health problems you have
● A government-issued photo ID, such as your passport, state ID, driver’s license, travel permit, or work permit
● Payment for the medical exam fee (check with the doctor’s office before your appointment for acceptable payment options)
● Your health insurance card, if any (check with the doctor’s office before your appointment if they accept your insurance)
● A blank copy of Form I-693

What happens during the medical exam

During the medical exam, the doctor will review your immunization and medical history with you. They will ask both general and specific questions about your health. You’ll also get a basic checkup (or “physical”). Unless you’re instructed to come back to the doctor’s office, the doctor will provide your medical exam results in a sealed envelope at the end of your appointment. Do not break the seal or open the envelope.
In addition, the doctor will look for specific conditions that fall into the following categories:
● Communicable diseases (including tuberculosis, syphilis, and gonorrhea)
● Drug abuse or addiction
● Physical or mental disorders associated with harmful behavior
● Conditions that make it impossible for you to support yourself
The doctor will perform the following tests to screen for these conditions:
● Tuberculosis test
● Blood and urine tests
● Vaccination screening
● Drug and alcohol screening

OPTIONAL Form G-1145

(e-notice authorization if you want to receive an email when USCIS accepts your application)

OPTIONAL Form G-1450

(credit card charge authorization if you want to pay by credit card)


Form DS-160

This is an online form that you will submit on the National Visa Center website. Some IHO users complete a questionnaire with us that is designed to guide them through the online form, and some do not. If you completed this questionnaire and we sent you the answers, you should use them to complete the DS-160 online when it is time to file.
NOTE: You may need to update some time-specific answers (jobs, addresses, and trips in particular) if there is a long delay between filing your I-129F and DS-160 forms.
Checklist of Supporting Documents

Form DS-5540

(not required, but recommended as the Consular Officer may request it)

Checklist of Supporting Documents


Form I-944

You would need a copy of your most recent US credit report (if you have US credit). You can get a free credit report here.


2. Pay the Form I-129F filing fee

This fee is $535, and can be paid by money order, personal check, cashier’s check and credit card. If you’d like to pay by credit card, you must fill out Form G-1450 and include it with the application paperwork. Checks and money orders should be made payable to “U.S. Department of Homeland Security” and state “Form I-130” on the memo line.

This fees changes periodically, and we do our best to keep it updated. You can confirm the current filing fee here.

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Biometrics

Most applicants: $85.

Applicants under 14 years old or over 79 years old: $0

Form I-485

Most applicants: $1,140.

Applicants under 13 years old applying with their parent(s): $750

OPTIONAL Form G-1145

(e-notice authorization if you want to receive an email when USCIS accepts your application)

OPTIONAL Form G-1450

(credit card charge authorization if you want to pay by credit card)


Form DS-160

This is an online form that you will submit on the National Visa Center website. Some IHO users complete a questionnaire with us that is designed to guide them through the online form, and some do not. If you completed this questionnaire and we sent you the answers, you should use them to complete the DS-160 online when it is time to file.
NOTE: You may need to update some time-specific answers (jobs, addresses, and trips in particular) if there is a long delay between filing your I-129F and DS-160 forms.
Checklist of Supporting Documents

Form DS-5540

(not required, but recommended as the Consular Officer may request it)

Checklist of Supporting Documents


Form I-944

You would need a copy of your most recent US credit report (if you have US credit). You can get a free credit report here.


OPTIONAL Form G-1450

(credit card charge authorization if you want to pay by credit card)


OPTIONAL Form G-1145

(e-notice authorization if you want to receive an email when USCIS accepts your application)

Form I-944

You would need a copy of your most recent US credit report (if you have US credit). You can get a free credit report here.


Form I-693

3. Assemble your petition forms and supporting documents

The completed petition packet needs to include these forms and the supporting documents listed under each. Be sure to sign all forms in the relevant places. In general, the forms and their supporting documents should be assembled in the order shown below.

It is a good idea to include a cover letter that lists all of the forms, supporting documents, and fee payments in your petition packet. This will help USCIS keep track of your documents as they process your petition. You can find a sample cover letter here. Note that this sample may need to be edited to match your specific petition, but the basic format will work for most petitions.

OPTIONAL Form G-1145

(e-notice authorization if you want to receive an email when USCIS accepts your application)

OPTIONAL Form G-1450

(credit card charge authorization if you want to pay by credit card)


Form DS-160

This is an online form that you will submit on the National Visa Center website. Some IHO users complete a questionnaire with us that is designed to guide them through the online form, and some do not. If you completed this questionnaire and we sent you the answers, you should use them to complete the DS-160 online when it is time to file.
NOTE: You may need to update some time-specific answers (jobs, addresses, and trips in particular) if there is a long delay between filing your I-129F and DS-160 forms.
Checklist of Supporting Documents

Form DS-5540

(not required, but recommended as the Consular Officer may request it)

Checklist of Supporting Documents


Form I-944

You would need a copy of your most recent US credit report (if you have US credit). You can get a free credit report here.


OPTIONAL Form G-1450

(credit card charge authorization if you want to pay by credit card)


OPTIONAL Form G-1145

(e-notice authorization if you want to receive an email when USCIS accepts your application)

Form I-944

You would need a copy of your most recent US credit report (if you have US credit). You can get a free credit report here.


Form I-693

4. Mail your petition to USCIS

Mail your I-129F fees, as well as the forms and supporting documents listed under “Petition Packet Forms” above, to one the addresses below depending on what service you use to mail it. It is a good idea to send your packet with tracking so that you can keep tabs on it. Do not include Forms DS-160, I-134, DS-5540, I-485, I-944, I-864, I-131, I-765, or their supporting documents with your packet.

For U.S. Postal Service (USPS):

USCIS
P.O. Box 660151
Dallas, TX 75266

For FedEx, UPS, and DHL deliveries:

USCIS
Attn: I-129F
2501 South State Highway 121 Business
Suite 400
Lewisville, TX 75067

Receipt Notice

  1. What is it?: USCIS will send you a notice stating that they have received your application. This notice will include a unique code called a “Receipt Number” that consists of 3 letters and 10 numbers, such as ABC1234567891. Look for it in the notification letter, Form I-797C (officially called the “Notice of Action”), that you received when USCIS accepted your Form I-485. You can use this code to track the status of your application by following these instructions.
  2. When should you receive it?: 2-3 weeks after filing your application.

Requests for Evidence (RFEs)

  1. What are they?:: If USCIS needs any additional information to support your application, they will send you a notification of this the this.
  2. When should you receive them?:2-3 months after filing your application
  3. What should you do if you get an RFE? Respond as quickly as possible by following the steps in the Request and the guidelines in this article.

I-129 Petition Approval Notice

  1. What is it?:: When USCIS approves your I-129F Petition, they will send you a notice stating this.
  2. When should you receive them?: 6-9 months after filing.

Visa Interview Notice

  1. What is it?:: When USCIS sends your approved Petition to the USCIS embassy or consulate in the immigrant’s home country, the embassy or consulate will send you a notice including the date and location of the immigrant’s visa interview and a list of required documents.
  2. When should you receive them?: 1-2 months after the I-129 Petition Approval Notice.

5. Wait for notices about your petition

You will receive a variety of notices throughout the application process. These will be mailed to the mailing address(es) you provided on your petition, and will provide you with updates on your case status, requests for more information, and notices of upcoming tasks and events. A standard petition will receive the following notices:

Receipt Notice

  1. What is it?: USCIS will send you a notice stating that they have received your application. This notice will include a unique code called a “Receipt Number” that consists of 3 letters and 10 numbers, such as ABC1234567891. Look for it in the notification letter, Form I-797C (officially called the “Notice of Action”), that you received when USCIS accepted your Form I-485. You can use this code to track the status of your application by following these instructions.
  2. When should you receive it?: 2-3 weeks after filing your application.

Requests for Evidence (RFEs)

  1. What are they?:: If USCIS needs any additional information to support your application, they will send you a notification of this the this.
  2. When should you receive them?:2-3 months after filing your application
  3. What should you do if you get an RFE? Respond as quickly as possible by following the steps in the Request and the guidelines in this article.

I-129 Petition Approval Notice

  1. What is it?:: When USCIS approves your I-129F Petition, they will send you a notice stating this.
  2. When should you receive them?: 6-9 months after filing.

Visa Interview Notice

  1. What is it?:: When USCIS sends your approved Petition to the USCIS embassy or consulate in the immigrant’s home country, the embassy or consulate will send you a notice including the date and location of the immigrant’s visa interview and a list of required documents.
  2. When should you receive them?: 1-2 months after the I-129 Petition Approval Notice.

6. File Form DS-160

Once USCIS approves your I-129F and forwards your paperwork to the National Visa Center, the NVC will notify you by mail that you need to file the online DS-160.

You will file Form DS-160 (non-immigrant visa application) in the NVC’s Consular Electronic Application Center. Some IHO users complete a questionnaire with us that is designed to guide them through the online form, and some do not. If you completed this questionnaire and we sent you the answers, you should use them to complete the DS-160 online. NOTE: You may need to update some time-specific answers (jobs, addresses, and trips in particular) if there is a long delay between filing your I-129F and DS-160 forms.

Make sure that you print the confirmation page once you submit the form online! You will need it at your visa interview.


How do I schedule the exam?

Use the USCIS “find a doctor” tool or call the USCIS Contact Center at 1-800-375-5283 to locate a nearby civil surgeon authorized to perform immigration medical exams. Let the doctor’s office know that you are contacting them to set up a medical exam appointment for immigration purposes.

What should I bring to the exam?

Having all of your documents ready before your appointment will help the medical exam go smoothly. Here’s what you’ll need to bring with you:
● Your immunization or vaccination records
● A copy of your medical history
● Copies of any previous chest X-rays, if any
● A letter from your regular doctor outlining the treatment plan for any health problems you have
● A government-issued photo ID, such as your passport, state ID, driver’s license, travel permit, or work permit
● Payment for the medical exam fee (check with the doctor’s office before your appointment for acceptable payment options)
● Your health insurance card, if any (check with the doctor’s office before your appointment if they accept your insurance)
● A blank copy of Form I-693

What happens during the medical exam

During the medical exam, the doctor will review your immunization and medical history with you. They will ask both general and specific questions about your health. You’ll also get a basic checkup (or “physical”). Unless you’re instructed to come back to the doctor’s office, the doctor will provide your medical exam results in a sealed envelope at the end of your appointment. Do not break the seal or open the envelope.
In addition, the doctor will look for specific conditions that fall into the following categories:
● Communicable diseases (including tuberculosis, syphilis, and gonorrhea)
● Drug abuse or addiction
● Physical or mental disorders associated with harmful behavior
● Conditions that make it impossible for you to support yourself
The doctor will perform the following tests to screen for these conditions:
● Tuberculosis test
● Blood and urine tests
● Vaccination screening
● Drug and alcohol screening

7. Submit your supporting documents to the NVC

After the National Visa Center (NVC) processes your DS-160, they will send you a notice via mail or email confirming that they have received it. They will usually send this notice on the same day that you file. You will then need to submit your supporting documents to the NVC.

You can find a list of the most commonly required supporting documents here.

Different consulates/embassies have different rules for submitting these documents. Depending on what the NVC tells you, you will either upload, email, or mail all of the supporting documents to the NVC.

A few key points to remember:

  • It’s important to submit these documents in the way the NVC instructs. Some U.S. embassies/consulates require physical copies, while others allow you to email or upload digital copies.
  • The embassy or consulate processing your application may require additional documents beyond what is listed above.  It’s always a good idea to carefully check the notice you receive from the NVC for any special requirements.
  • You must submit all of your supporting documents in one package if you are mailing them to the NVC.
  • You should submit copies of your official documents, not originals.
  • Bring the originals of your supporting documents to your K1 Visa interview at the U.S. embassy or consulate just in case.

After you submit everything to the NVC, they will gather all the forms and documents needed to process your K1 Visa application and forward them to the embassy or consulate that will be conducting your visa interview.

Biometrics

Most applicants: $85.

Applicants under 14 years old or over 79 years old: $0

Form I-485

Most applicants: $1,140.

Applicants under 13 years old applying with their parent(s): $750

8. Pay the K1 Visa filing fee

The Visa Interview Notice that you receive from the embassy or consulate that will be conducting the visa interview will include instructions on how and when to pay the visa fee of $265. This fee is usually paid at the visa interview, but please follow the instructions you receive from your embassy or consulate as the payment process varies from country to country.

The fee changes periodically, and we do our best to keep it updated. You can confirm the current filing fee here. If you need help with any part of the application process, you can reach us by clicking the button below.

OPTIONAL Form G-1450

(credit card charge authorization if you want to pay by credit card)


OPTIONAL Form G-1145

(e-notice authorization if you want to receive an email when USCIS accepts your application)

Form I-944

You would need a copy of your most recent US credit report (if you have US credit). You can get a free credit report here.


Form I-693

9. Complete the required medical exam & Attend the K1 Visa interview

The embassy or consulate handling your case will contact the immigrant to arrange an in-person interview, which will typically be in 1-2 months from the date of their notice. Prior to the interview, the immigrant will need to see a State Department-approved doctor for a medical exam.

How do I schedule the exam?

Search for your U.S. embassy or consulate, which provides instructions for the medical exam, as well as contact information on authorized doctors in each country. You will need to select a doctor yourself (the embassy or consulate will not assign one to you). It’s generally best to set up your appointment as soon as you receive an interview appointment date, which is often soon after you receive the appointment letter.

What should I bring to the exam?

Having all of your documents ready before your appointment will help the medical exam go smoothly. Here’s what the immigrant will need to bring to the appointment:

  • Their immunization or vaccination records
  • A copy of their medical history
  • Copies of any previous chest X-rays, if any
  • A letter from their regular doctor outlining the treatment plan for any health problems they have
  • A government-issued photo ID, such as their passport, state ID, driver’s license, travel permit, or work permit
  • Payment for the medical exam fee (check with the doctor’s office before the appointment for acceptable payment options)
  • Their health insurance card, if any (check with the doctor’s office before the appointment if they accept the insurance)

What happens during the medical exam?

During the medical exam, the doctor will review the immigrant’s immunization and medical history with them. They will ask both general and specific questions about the immigrant’s health. They’ll also conduct a basic checkup (or “physical”).

In addition, the doctor will look for specific conditions that fall into the following categories:

  • Communicable diseases (including tuberculosis, syphilis, and gonorrhea)
  • Drug abuse or addiction
  • Physical or mental disorders associated with harmful behavior
  • Conditions that make it impossible for you to support yourself

The doctor will perform the following tests to screen for these conditions:

  • Tuberculosis test
  • Blood and urine tests
  • Vaccination screening
  • Drug and alcohol screening

After You complete the medical exam, you can proceed to complete the K1 Visa Interview:

What is it?

Almost everyone must attend a K1 Visa interview before being allowed to enter the U.S. to marry their fiance.  This interview has two goals:

  1. To establish whether the immigrant is eligible for a K1 Visa.
  2. To determine whether the information provided in the forms and supporting documents is valid.

For detailed information about what to expect at the interview, check out out this guide.

When is it?

Typically 12-14 months after filing your I-129F, but the embassy or consulate processing your application will let you know precisely when the interview is in their notice. The interview will typically take place at a U.S. embassy or consulate nearest to the immigrant. The Citizen sponsor does not attend the interview.

What happens at the interview?

The consular officer conducting the interview will decide whether to grant the immigrant a K1 visa. This may happen at the end of the interview, or they may tell the immigrant later. Decisions are usually made within a week, unless further information is required. If the immigrant is granted a visa, the consular officer will give them a packet of information known as a “Visa Packet.” Do not open this packet - the Customs and Border Patrol Agent will open it when the immigrant passes through customs.

The immigrant will now be able to enter the United States to get married, and must do so within 4 months of the date of receiving the visa.

If you need help with any part of the application process, you can reach us by clicking the button below.

10. Enter the U.S & Get Married

Once the Immigrant has their Visa Packet, they can enter the U.S.. When they arrive, they will give their Visa Packet to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer at the port of entry. The CBP officer will inspect them and determine whether to admit them into the United States. If the CBP officer admits them, they will then be able to get married and adjust status to a Green Card.

When the immigrant arrives in the U.S., they must marry their fiance within 90 days. If they do not, they will lose their K-1 status. If they decide not to get married, they will not be eligible to remain in the United States and will need to leave the country ASAP.

The K-1 Visa does not allow the immigrant to change to another temporary visa (F-1, H-1B, etc.). It also does not let them “adjust status” to a Green Card based on marrying someone other than the U.S. Citizen fiance that they applied for the K1 Visa with.

The bottom line? If the immigrant does not marry the person they applied for the visa with, within 90 days of entering the U.S., they will need to leave the U.S. - there are no exceptions.

Notice of Interview appointment date

  1. What is it?: The last step of the Green Card application process is an interview with USCIS. USCIS will schedule this interview once they have finished processing your application and will send you notice of the date, time, and location.
  2. When should you receive it?: 3-6 months after filing your application.

Requests for Evidence (RFEs)

  1. What are they?:: If USCIS needs any additional information to support your application, they will send you a notification of this the this.
  2. When should you receive them?:2-3 months after filing your application
  3. What should you do if you get an RFE? Respond as quickly as possible by following the steps in the Request and the guidelines in this article.

Biometrics Appointment Notice

  1. What is it?: As part of your Green Card application process, you will be required to attend a biometrics (photo and fingerprinting) appointment. USCIS will schedule you for this appointment and send you notice of the date, time, and location.
  2. When should you receive it?: 2-3 weeks after filing your application.

Receipt Notice

  1. What is it?: USCIS will send you a notice stating that they have received your application. This notice will include a unique code called a “Receipt Number” that consists of 3 letters and 10 numbers, such as ABC1234567891. Look for it in the notification letter, Form I-797C (officially called the “Notice of Action”), that you received when USCIS accepted your Form I-485. You can use this code to track the status of your application by following these instructions.
  2. When should you receive it?: 2-3 weeks after filing your application.

How do I schedule the exam?

Use the USCIS “find a doctor” tool or call the USCIS Contact Center at 1-800-375-5283 to locate a nearby civil surgeon authorized to perform immigration medical exams. Let the doctor’s office know that you are contacting them to set up a medical exam appointment for immigration purposes.

What should I bring to the exam?

Having all of your documents ready before your appointment will help the medical exam go smoothly. Here’s what you’ll need to bring with you:
● Your immunization or vaccination records
● A copy of your medical history
● Copies of any previous chest X-rays, if any
● A letter from your regular doctor outlining the treatment plan for any health problems you have
● A government-issued photo ID, such as your passport, state ID, driver’s license, travel permit, or work permit
● Payment for the medical exam fee (check with the doctor’s office before your appointment for acceptable payment options)
● Your health insurance card, if any (check with the doctor’s office before your appointment if they accept your insurance)
● A blank copy of Form I-693

What happens during the medical exam

During the medical exam, the doctor will review your immunization and medical history with you. They will ask both general and specific questions about your health. You’ll also get a basic checkup (or “physical”). Unless you’re instructed to come back to the doctor’s office, the doctor will provide your medical exam results in a sealed envelope at the end of your appointment. Do not break the seal or open the envelope.
In addition, the doctor will look for specific conditions that fall into the following categories:
● Communicable diseases (including tuberculosis, syphilis, and gonorrhea)
● Drug abuse or addiction
● Physical or mental disorders associated with harmful behavior
● Conditions that make it impossible for you to support yourself
The doctor will perform the following tests to screen for these conditions:
● Tuberculosis test
● Blood and urine tests
● Vaccination screening
● Drug and alcohol screening

11. Complete the required medical exam for Green Card Applications

Congratulations on your marriage! We know this has been a long journey, and we’re honored to have been a part of your story. The good news is that you are almost done!

The next step is to file an application to adjust status from a K1 Visa to a Green Card. That process starts with a medical exam. Although the immigrant already completed an exam in their home country, it is a good idea to complete another exam in order to speed up the application process (the embassy or consulate often takes a long time to forward the exam results to USCIS, and the doctor will help the immigrant complete the vaccine portion of the required I-693). The immigrant needs to complete this exam, and get a signed Form I-693 from the attending doctor, no more than 60 days before submitting their Green Card application. You can find this form, and instructions for completing it, on the USCIS website here.

How do I schedule the exam?

Use the USCIS “find a doctor” tool or call the USCIS Contact Center at 1-800-375-5283 to locate a nearby civil surgeon authorized to perform immigration medical exams. Let the doctor’s office know that you are contacting them to set up a medical exam appointment for immigration purposes.

What should I bring to the exam?

Having all of your documents ready before your appointment will help the medical exam go smoothly. Here’s what you’ll need to bring with you:
● Your immunization or vaccination records
● A copy of your medical history
● Copies of any previous chest X-rays, if any
● A letter from your regular doctor outlining the treatment plan for any health problems you have
● A government-issued photo ID, such as your passport, state ID, driver’s license, travel permit, or work permit
● Payment for the medical exam fee (check with the doctor’s office before your appointment for acceptable payment options)
● Your health insurance card, if any (check with the doctor’s office before your appointment if they accept your insurance)
● A blank copy of Form I-693

What happens during the medical exam

During the medical exam, the doctor will review your immunization and medical history with you. They will ask both general and specific questions about your health. You’ll also get a basic checkup (or “physical”). Unless you’re instructed to come back to the doctor’s office, the doctor will provide your medical exam results in a sealed envelope at the end of your appointment. Do not break the seal or open the envelope.
In addition, the doctor will look for specific conditions that fall into the following categories:
● Communicable diseases (including tuberculosis, syphilis, and gonorrhea)
● Drug abuse or addiction
● Physical or mental disorders associated with harmful behavior
● Conditions that make it impossible for you to support yourself
The doctor will perform the following tests to screen for these conditions:
● Tuberculosis test
● Blood and urine tests
● Vaccination screening
● Drug and alcohol screening

12. Pay the Green Card filing fees & Assemble the Green Card application forms and supporting documents

You will need to pay the following government fees when you file your Green Card application. Your completed Green Card application packet needs to include the forms below and the supporting documents listed under each form. Be sure to sign all forms in the relevant places. In general, the forms and their supporting documents should be assembled in the order shown below.

It is a good idea to include a cover letter that lists all of the forms, supporting documents, and fee payments in your application packet. This will help USCIS keep track of your documents as they process your application. You can find a sample cover letter here. Note that this sample may need to be edited to match your specific application, but the basic format will work for most applications.

Biometrics

Most applicants: $85.

Applicants under 14 years old or over 79 years old: $0

Form I-485

Most applicants: $1,140.

Applicants under 13 years old applying with their parent(s): $750

OPTIONAL Form G-1450

(credit card charge authorization if you want to pay by credit card)


OPTIONAL Form G-1145

(e-notice authorization if you want to receive an email when USCIS accepts your application)

Form I-944

You would need a copy of your most recent US credit report (if you have US credit). You can get a free credit report here.


Form I-693

13. Mail the Green Card Application to USCIS & Wait for notices about the Green Card application

Send your Green Card application packet and fees to one the addresses below depending on what service you use to mail it. It is a good to send your packet with tracking so that you can keep tabs on it.

For U.S. Postal Service (USPS):

USCIS
PO Box 805887
Chicago, IL 60680-4120

For FedEx, UPS, and DHL deliveries:

USCIS
Attn: FBAS
131 South Dearborn - 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60603-5517

You will receive a variety of notices throughout the application process. These will be mailed to the mailing address(es) you provided on your paperwork, and will provide you with updates on your case status, requests for more information, and notices of upcoming tasks and events. A standard application will receive the following notices:

14. Attend the biometrics appointment

What is it?

As part of applying for a Marriage Green Card, the immigrant is required to attend a biometrics (photo and fingerprinting) appointment. The purpose of this appointment is to ensure that they do not have a serious criminal record or any relevant prior immigration violations.

This article provides a great overview of what to expect during the biometrics appointment.

When is it?

Applicants will attend their biometrics appointment at a local USCIS office fairly early in the application process, typically 5-8 weeks after filing their Green Card application.

If you need help with any part of the application process, you can reach us by clicking the button below.

15. Attend the Green Card Interview & Wait For Your Green Card!

What is it?

Almost everyone must attend a Green Card interview.  This interview has two goals:

  1. To establish whether the immigrant is eligible for a Green Card.
  2. To determine whether the information provided in the forms and supporting documents is valid.

Both spouses will need to attend the interview.

For more information about what to expect at the interview, check out out this guide.

When is it?

The interview is the last step of the Green Card process. It typically occurs 4-6 months after filing the I-485. USCIS will notify you of the interview date, time, and location by mail once they have approved your application. The interview will typically take place at the closest local USCIS, which you can find here.

Receive a Green Card!

The interviewing officer will usually approve the immigrants Green Card application at the interview. Once approved, the immigrant should receive their Green Card in the mail in 2-3 weeks.