How much does a marriage Green Card cost?

When you apply for Green Card, you must complete and submit the Form I-485, which is also known as the Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status. Along with this form, you must submit a payment called a filing fee. This payment must be submitted by mail with your completed Form I-485. Because these fees are subject to change, it is important to double-check with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) before sending your payment and application.

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Marriage Green Card Cost and Fees Breakdown

Government FeesApplicant in U.S.
Petition I-130

Family based sponsorship

$535
I-485 Green Card* Application$1,140
Affidavit of Support Fee$0
Biometrics Fee**$85
DOS Processing FeeNot required
USCIS Immigrant Processing FeeNot required
TOTAL$1,760
Government FeesApplicant abroad
Petition I-130

Family based sponsorship

$535
I-485 Green Card* ApplicationNot required
Affidavit of Support Fee$120
Biometrics Fee**$0
DOS Processing Fee$325
USCIS Immigrant Processing Fee$220
TOTAL$1,200
Government FeesApplicant in U.S.Applicant abroad
Petition I-130 Family based sponsorship$535$535
I-485 Green Card Application*$1,140Not required
Affidavit of Support Fee$0$120
Biometrics Fee**$85$0
DOS Processing FeeNot required$325
USCIS Immigrant Processing FeeNot required$220
TOTAL***$1,760$1,200

*** U.S. government fees plus the required medical exam is approximately $1,960 (for a spouse in U.S.) or $1,400 if spouse abroad including required medical exam.

Government Fee Exceptions

*Under 14 and filing with the I-485 application of at least one parent the fees is $750.

**Applicants aged 79 year or older are not required to pay the Biometrics fee.

Miscellaneous Costs – Varies

Medical examination Reed more

If spouse living in the U.S., he or she must use a USCIS approved physician.

If spouse applying abroad and applying for Immigrant visa abroad, must complete (schedule and attend) their medical examinations with authorized physicians before their scheduled interview dates. The required medical examination from approved physician approximately costs around $200.

Associated Costs

Locating, obtaining and preparing supporting evidence: Along with the required fee you must submit supporting documents with your Form I-485. These may include but are not limited to immigration, court, bank and tax records. You are responsible for any payment required to obtain the original document(s) or copies of these documents.

You must provide these documents to USCIS in the original language along with the English translation when applicable. You are responsible for paying for any translation services, which generally cost a few hundred dollars.  

Travel Costs

You are responsible for paying for any train fare, bus fare, tolls, gasoline, airline tickets or other transportation costs associated with the acquisition of the required supporting documents.

More Money Matters

Attorney’s Fees: The amount you will incur for legal costs associated with your application for Green Card will depend on several things. If your application is fairly straight forward, with minimal complications, you can expect to pay less for legal services. However, difficulties in completing the application, acquiring the supporting documents or verifying your eligibility for Green Card  will likely result in additional costs for these services.

How can I reduce these costs?

The simplest — but riskiest — way to cut the costs associated with your application for Green Card is to do everything yourself. On one hand, this means that you won’t incur any attorneys fees. On the other hand, without the help of a qualified immigration attorney, you have greater chances of making serious mistakes that could delay the review of your application, or even result in its rejection. Your only recourse in either case would be to file an appeal, and you may end up hiring an immigration lawyer to help you with that in the long run anyhow.

If you really don’t want to hire an immigration attorney, or you really don’t think you can afford it, there is another option. Here at Zontlaw, we provide a service that allows  you to do most of the paperwork yourself, and have one of our experienced immigration attorneys review the material before you send it to USCIS. Once you have sent the application to us for our reveiw, the attorney assigned to your case will  go over it thoroughly to identify any mistakes. If any are found, the attorney will then alert you about the problem, and let you know how to correct it before sending the application to USCIS. By using this approach, which is known as legal coaching, you will have peace of mind knowing that your application has been reviewed by an experienced immigration attorney without incurring significant legal costs.

How I can Check my case status?
You may check your case status online or call our USCIS Contact Center at 800-375-5283 to check the status of your Form I-485.
What is concurrent filing?
Not long time ago USCIS’s, implemented a new rule allowing the filing of an I-485 and a Form I-140 petition at the same time and provided a visa number is availablity at the time of filing. Concurrent filing associated with EB-1 and EB-2 beneficiaries.
How long will I have to wait for approve my application?
Once you file your Application for Adjustment of Status on Form I-485, the length of time it will take depends upon the current processing time and that can vary depending upon your location. It depends on whether your Green card application is employment-based or family-based or other immigration category.

Employment-based adjustments can take anywhere from six months to two years to be approved.

Family-based, it could take at least 12-18 months or longer before your I-485 application could be adjudicated.

Can I leave the country while my adjustment is pending?
Yes, but only if you have received advance parole (referred as a travel document). Once you eligible to apply for an adjustment of status, You can apply for advance parole with form I-131 at the same. Once their travel documents are approved, even with pending adjustment applications, you be able to travel (as long as their adjustments remain pending).

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