U.S. citizens and permanent residents can sponsor their spouse for a Marriage Green Card. They and their spouse will need to submit certain documents to the U.S. Government when they apply. The application process and documents you will need are different when the spouse seeking a Green Card is living inside of the United States (“Adjustment of Status”) and when they are living outside of the United States (“Consular Processing”). This guide will serve as a document checklist for both processes.
This article is not legal advice. We do not intend for it to replace the expertise of an immigration attorney. Its goal is to help you understand which documents you will need to submit when you apply for a Marriage Green Card.
If the sponsoring spouse is a U.S. citizen they must provide proof of your citizenship. Acceptable documents include:
If the sponsoring spouse is a lawful permanent resident they must provide proof. Acceptable documents include:
All applicants must provide a marriage certificate. All applicants should also provide any information about:
If either spouse had a previous marriage, they must provide any of the following that apply:
If either spouse has changed their legal name they will need to provide proof. They can do this by providing:
The U.S. citizen or Green Cardholder (“Petitioner”) will need to provide 2 passport-style photos (2 inches by 2 inches) with their Form I-130 petition. These are in addition to any passport photos required by other forms you may be filing at the same time as Form I-130.
The sponsoring spouse, as well as any co-sponsors, must provide the following documents:
At minimum, the sponsoring spouse needs to submit a copy of their most recent U.S. tax return. It could also be helpful to include:
If using your bank/investment accounts:
If using your home:
If using your second vehicle:
The foreign national spouse seeking the green card (permanent resident status) must provide the following:
You may submit this form together with Form I-485 or later, such as by mail when USCIS requests it or in person at your Green Card interview.
This includes things like court, police, and prison records.
This includes any deportation documents and other records of run-ins with immigration officials that you may have.
The immigrant applying for a Green Card (“Beneficiary”) will need to provide 2 passport-style photos (2 inches by 2 inches) with their Form I-485. These are in addition to any passport photos required by other forms you may be filing at the same time as Form I-485.
The foreign national spouse seeking the green card (permanent resident status) must provide the following documents if they are also applying for work authorization:
You should submit your prior work permit If you have received a US work permit in the past. If you have never had a U.S. work permit, you should submit the following documents as proof of your nationality:
The immigrant applying for a Green Card (“Beneficiary”) will need to provide 2 passport-style photos (2 inches by 2 inches) with their Form I-765. These are in addition to any passport photos required by other forms you may be filing at the same time as Form I-765.
If the spouse seeking a green card from within the United States is applying for an advance parole travel permit, they must provide the following documents:
The immigrant applying for a Green Card (“Beneficiary”) will need to provide 2 passport-style photos (2 inches by 2 inches) with their Form I-131. These are in addition to any passport photos required by other forms you may be filing at the same time as Form I-131.
To complete the I-944 Public Charge form, the spouse seeking the green card must provide the following:
All applicants and their household members must provide evidence for each debt or liability. This includes mortgages, car loans, unpaid taxes or child support, or credit cards. You can do so by providing the following:
All applicants must provide any evidence of the following (if applicable):
Applicants that already have a US Credit Score:
Applicants that do not have a US Credit Score:
Applicants with medical insurance should provide proof by including the following documents:
Additionally, applicants with medical insurance can provide:
Applicants that used Affordable Care Act tax credits for health insurance coverage must provide:
Applicants whose insurance plan has not started yet should provide details of their pending coverage:
Applicants with medical conditions that will affect their ability to work, attend school, or provide care for themselves must include:
Applicants who have sought or received any public benefits should provide:
Applicants who have disenrolled from benefits, or withdrawn an application for a public benefit
Applicants who are service members that are exempt from public benefit receipt consideration
Spouses and dependents of service members who are exempt from public benefit receipt consideration
Recipients of federally funded Medicaid benefits who are exempt from public benefit receipt consideration (if applicable):
Children of U.S. citizens who are exempt from public benefit receipt consideration
Applicants otherwise exempt from public benefit receipt consideration (as applicable):
All applicants (If applicable):
Applicants who have formerly received or sought waivers of immigration filing fees should provide any documents or evidence showing that their circumstances have changed since requesting a fee waiver.
Applicants who are unable to work because they are the primary caretaker of a child or an elderly or disabled person should provide evidence that:
Evidence regarding education
All applicants with educational degrees
Evidence regarding occupational skills
All applicants with occupational skills or training
All applicants with foreign education or training
Evidence of English proficiency
All applicants should provide evidence of language training or proficiency, in both English and native language:
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