Green Card Through Marriage Timeline (Via Status Adjustment)

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green card through marriage timeline

You, the intending immigrant, have filed your green card through marriage application in the United States via the adjustment of status process.

Congrats! Now what?

Now, unfortunately, it’s a long waiting game with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Below is the general and most common timeline for what to expect as part of this process, if there are no complications or delays with your case. Some common delays can include receiving a Request for Evidence, or the rescheduling of an appointment given to you by the USCIS.

Step 1: Receipt Notices

The first step after application submission will be to receive receipt notices from the USCIS acknowledging receipt of all parts of your green card application. You will receive these notices about 2 to 3 weeks from application submission. The receipt notices will include receipt numbers that can be used to track your case status online at the following link:

The receipt notices will also acknowledge payment of the fees.

Step 2: Biometrics

After the arrival of receipt notices, you will receive a notice scheduling a biometrics appointment for you, the intending immigrant. This appointment is where you will have your fingerprints and photo taken for identity and background check purposes. This notice is received about 1 to 3 weeks after the receipt notices arrive, with the actual appointment date held approximately 4 to 5 weeks from the time of application submission.

Step 3: Work Authorization

The next step after receiving the biometrics notice will be to receive the approval of a work authorization card, aka an EAD. If a social security card was requested, this will arrive as well. The processing timeframe for a work authorization card has fluctuated over the years from 3-5 months all the way to around 11 months. Work authorization cards are valid for 2 years. Please check with us on current timing.

Step 4: Advance Parole Travel Authorization

Advance Parole travel authorization allows the applicant to travel internationally while the green card application is pending. This benefit is typically approved around 10-12 months after application submission, but like the work authorization card the processing times have fluctuated over the years. Please check with us on timing.

Step 5: Interview

The long-awaited green card marriage interview, which you and your spouse will need to attend, is the next step in this process. However, it should be noted, that the USCIS has started waiving these interviews for many cases. It is unclear if this trend will continue.

Processing times vary depending on which field office will oversee your interview, which is determined based on where the foreign applicant resides.

In the NYC area, processing times at the present moment are rather long and interviews are taking place approximately 17-20 months from the time of application submission. In some other locations the waiting times are slightly shorter and the interview can take place anywhere from 10 to 18 months from the time of application submission. You will receive a notice with details of your upcoming interview including the date, time and place of your interview approximately 1 month in advance of your actual interview date.

Step 6: Green Card Approval

If all goes well, the next step is the approval of your green card application!

First, you will receive approval notices for both the immigrant petition and adjustment of status application. Then, within a few weeks of receiving these approval notices you will receive your green card in the mail.

Receiving the notices and eventually receiving the green card generally can take about 1 month from the time of the approval of your case.