Author: Jameel Manji, Founder, Manji Law, P.C.
Mr. Manji founded Manji Law in 2016 to follow his passion of helping people navigate the complicated immigration system. Mr. Manji graduated from Georgia State University College of Law and received Master of Taxation from the Georgia State’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business. Published on: September 11, 2023.
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Marriage-Based Green Cards
A marriage-based green card allows you to bring a spouse to the U.S. permanently. It falls under the family-based green card category. The processing time for a marriage green card depends on the time and location of filing. It also depends on whether the sponsoring spouse is a U.S. citizen or a green card holder.
If your spouse is a U.S. citizen and you live in the U.S., you can apply for a green card by adjusting your status through Form I-485. The processing time for Form I-485 is between 12 months to 39 months.
If your spouse is a U.S. citizen and you live abroad, your spouse must apply through Form I-130 (Petition for Alien Relative). The processing time for Form I-130 is between 13.5 and 50 months. After your Form I-130 application is approved, you can file Form I-485 application through consular processing. Your citizen spouse may file both applications together through concurrent filing. Concurrent filing reduces the waiting period.
If your spouse is a permanent resident and you live abroad, your spouse must apply for Form I-130. It will take between 28.5 and 60 months to process your application. After approval, you must wait until an immigrant visa is available to apply for a green card. You may also confirm your priority date on the Department of State’s visa bulletin.
Green Cards for Children
The processing times for green card applications filed on behalf of children are as follows:
- Unmarried children (under 21) of U.S. citizens: 12 and 39 months
- Unmarried adult children (21 or older) of U.S. citizens: 29 and 77.5 months
- Married adult children of U.S. citizens: 38 and 106.5 months
- Unmarried children (under 21) of green card holders: 28.5 and 60 months
- Unmarried adult children of permanent residents: 32.5 and 69 months
Green Cards for Parents
You can apply for your parents to permanently move to America if you are a U.S. citizen aged 21 or older. The processing time for green cards for parents in the U.S. is between 12 months to 39 months. The average processing time is between 13.5 and 50 months if they are abroad.