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Marriage Green Card – How Much Does it Cost

Marriage Green Card – How Much Does it Cost

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Last updated: April 3, 2024.

By Asel Williams, Esq. · Columbia Law School · Licensed immigration attorney

The current marriage green card cost varies from $1,305 to $3,605.

The exact cost depends on the beneficiary’s location, see explanation below.

Marriage Green Card Cost for Spouses Living in the U.S.

If you are currently living in the U.S. and you entered the country lawfully, you will need to file the following forms:

If you are married to a U.S. citizen and you entered the U.S. lawfully, you may file the Form I-485 together (“concurrently”) with the Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative filed on your behalf.

You can also file Form I-485 while Form I-130 is pending, or after the Form I-130 is approved (and remains valid).

You may file the Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status to apply for a Green Card without leaving the country. This is called “adjustment of status.”

A foreign spouse might be subject to the 90-Day Rule if last entered the U.S. on a single intent nonimmigrant visa.

 “Adjustment of Status” fees (if foreign spouse is in the U.S.):

USCIS Form

Filing Fee

Form I-130 (mandatory)

  • $625 (if filing online)
  • $675 (if filing by mail)

Form I-485 (mandatory)

  • $1,440 (biometrics included)

Form I-765 (optional)

  • $260

Form I-693 (mandatory)

Form I-131 (optional)

  • $630

Total:

$2,265- $3,605

Note: The fee break-out and the different sections mentioned in the table above, are only the filing fees required by USCIS and medical examination fee.

You should also consider any translation, travel, copying, postal expenses as well as attorney fees when evaluating the total cost of your green card. 

Marriage Green Card Cost for Spouses Living Abroad

There are two different methods of applying for a marriage green card:

Consular processing is the only method available to people who are currently not physically present in the United States.

After Form I-130 is approved, the National Visa Center will notify the petitioner that the immigrant visa application (Form DS-260) can be completed.

Once your immigrant petition is approved and an immigrant visa number is immediately available to you, you may apply at a U.S. Department of State consulate abroad for an immigrant visa in order to come to the United States and be admitted as a permanent resident. This pathway is referred to as consular processing.

For the procedure of consular processing, the applicant doesn’t need to submit Form I-485. 

After Form I-130 is approved, the candidate is expected to submit the Form DS-260, Immigration Visa Application.

The sponsoring spouse will also have to submit the Form I-864, or Affidavit of Support, ensuring that he/she will be able to financially support his/her spouse in the U.S. 

Consular processing fees (if foreign spouse is abroad):

Immigration Form

Filing Fee

Form I-130

  • $625 (if filing online)
  • $675 (if filing by mail)

Form DS-260

  • $325

Form I-864

  • $120

Medical examination fee

  • Varies

USCIS Immigrant Fee

  • $235

Total:

$1,305 – $1,355 + cost of medical exam

Other Expenses to Keep in Mind

Apart from direct government fees and the medical exam fee, a number of other fees will add to your expenses when applying for a green card:

  • Vaccination Fees: If your medical exam requires you to have vaccinations, update it before filing your complete medical report.
  • Documents Translation Fee: If in your application package, you’ve added any document(s) not in English, you’ll have to attach the translated copy of each of these document(s) as approved by the translator. For instance, a single page birth-certificate translated document varies between $20-$40.
  • Document Fee: Government agencies generally charge fees for issuing certain official documents.
  • Travel Expenses: To travel for different purposes like a green card interview, or medical exam, or biometrics, the USCIS won’t reimburse you for travel charges incurred.
  • Shipping Costs: If you live abroad, or even in the U.S., you’ll have to send the document packages and supporting documents to different locations, paying a nominal shipping and postal charges.

Learn More:

Marriage Green Card – Checklist, Forms and Processing Time