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Get your marriage green card. The fast, easy, affordable way.

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Complete Your Application in 3 Easy Steps

Step 1

Complete Forms with a Personalized Questionnaire

No more confusion over stacks of government forms. Instead, answer a simple questionnaire with detailed help along the way. You can finish it under an hour, and download the completed forms right away.

Is GreenCardHero right for you?

  Take our 40-second eligibility quiz:

Who is applying for a green card?

This is the person seeking to receive a green card.

Is your spouse a U.S. citizen or a green card holder?

The application process varies depending on your spouse's citizenship status.

Are you a U.S. citizen or a green card holder?

The application process varies depending on your citizenship status.

Will you be inside or outside the U.S. when applying for a green card?

There are different application procedures depending on your location.

Will your spouse be inside or outside the U.S. when applying for a green card?

There are different application procedures depending on your spouse's location.

Is your spouse's current annual income (not including your own income) above $21,137?

The U.S. government requires a marriage green card's sponsor to have a minimum income level. If your spouse's income is below the minimum, the application may need additional legal support.

Is your current annual income (not including your spouse's income) above $21,137?

The U.S. government requires a marriage green card's sponsor to have a minimum income level. If your income is below the minimum, the application may need additional legal support.

Will you be in lawful immigration status when applying for a green card?

Such as F-1, F-1 OPT, H-1B, J-1, or L-1.

Will your spouse be in lawful immigration status when applying for a green card?

Such as F-1, F-1 OPT, H-1B, J-1, or L-1.

Last time when you entered the U.S, did you enter with a valid visa?

It is OK if your visa is now expired, as long as it was valid when you last entered the U.S.

Last time when your spouse entered the U.S, did he/she enter with a valid visa?

It is OK if the visa is now expired, as long as it was valid when your spouse last entered the U.S.

Did you and your spouse get married within 90 days AFTER you entered the U.S?

If this is the case, a special "90-Day Rule" may apply.

Did you and your spouse get married within 90 days AFTER your spouse entered the U.S?

If this is the case, a special "90-Day Rule" may apply.

Have you ever violated U.S. immigration law?

Such as overstaying a visa, entering the U.S. illegally, working in the U.S. without authorization. This may require additional legal support.

Has your spouse ever violated U.S. immigration law?

Such as overstaying a visa, entering the U.S. illegally, working in the U.S. without authorization. This may require additional legal support.

Have you ever been arrested, charged, or convicted of any crimes in any country?

Has your spouse ever been arrested, charged, or convicted of any crimes in any country?

Have you ever been denied an immigration application before?

Has your spouse ever been denied an immigration application before?

Have you ever violated U.S. immigration law?

Such as overstaying a U.S. visa, entering the U.S. illegally, working in the U.S. without authorization.

Has your spouse ever violated U.S. immigration law?

Such as overstaying a U.S. visa, entering the U.S. illegally, working in the U.S. without authorization.

Have you ever been arrested, charged, or convicted of any crimes in any country?

Has your spouse ever been arrested, charged, or convicted of any crimes in any country?

Have you ever been denied an immigration application before?

Has your spouse ever been denied an immigration application before?

Is your spouse's current annual income (not including your own income) above $21,137?

The U.S. government requires a marriage green card's sponsor to have a minimum income level. If your spouse's income is below the minimum, the application may need additional legal support.

Is your current annual income (not including your spouse's income) above $21,137?

The U.S. government requires a marriage green card's sponsor to have a minimum income level. If your income is below the minimum, the application may need additional legal support.

Unfortunately, we cannot help you at this time.

Your case requires more guidance than our software can provide. Therefore, we regrettably cannot help with your application.

However, your case may still be eligible for a green card. We suggest you consult USCIS instructions, or work with an immigration attorney. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us.

GreenCardHero + Lawyer Review

Because the applicant got married within 90 days after entering the U.S, the State Department 90-Day Rule may apply to your application.

The 90-Day Rule basically says if an applicant comes to the U.S. on a nonimmigrant visa that prohibits immigrant intent, and then marries a U.S. citizen or a green card holder within 90 days, the U.S. government will be more suspicious of immigration violations and scrutinize the case more closely.

As a result, in addition to the regular forms and documents, you may need to provide additional evidence to make a strong case. GreenCardHero can help you complete the regular forms and documents, but does not cover the additional evidence. If you decide to use GreenCardHero for your application, we strongly suggest you have an immigration lawyer review the completed application before submission.

How to do a lawyer review:

After completing your application, take it to a local immigration lawyer and ask for an "application review". Also tell him/her you may need help with the "90-Day Rule". Typically, a lawyer will only charge around $300 for a thorough one-hour review. In contrast, hiring a lawyer to do the whole application can cost $3,000 and two months.

Congratulations!

GreenCardHero supports your case! Download our software to get started.

Application Process Overview

For applicants married to a U.S. citizen and living in the U.S, the application process is called "Concurrent Filing". It requires:

  • 4 to 8 Forms
  • 13 to 47+ Supporting Documents
  • 1 Submission Package
  • 10 to 13 months of Government Processing Time
  • $1,760 Filing Fee (Charged by the U.S. Government)

For applicants married to a U.S. citizen and living outside the U.S, the application process is called "Consular Processing". It requires:

  • 5 to 6 Forms
  • 11 to 35+ Supporting Documents
  • 2 Submission Steps
  • 14 to 18 months of Government Processing Time
  • $1,200 Filing Fee (Charged by the U.S. Government)

For applicants married to a U.S. green card holder and living in the U.S, the application process is called "Adjustment of Status". It requires:

  • 4 to 8 Forms
  • 13 to 48+ Supporting Documents
  • 2 Submission Steps
  • 11 to 14 months of Government Processing Time
  • $1,760 Filing Fee (Charged by the U.S. Government)

For applicants married to a U.S. green card holder and living outside the U.S, the application process is called "Consular Processing". It requires:

  • 5 to 6 Forms
  • 11 to 35+ Supporting Documents
  • 2 Submission Steps
  • 14 to 19 months of Government Processing Time
  • $1,200 Filing Fee (Charged by the U.S. Government)

Our software will walk you through the entire process, and it usually takes under 2 hours to complete all your forms, 1 week to collect all the documents and submit your application.

People choose GreenCardHero because we are faster and cheaper than lawyers, and more reliable and secure than online services.

Download GreenCardHero and start your application for free:

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The Accuracy You Can Trust

Our instructions come from official U.S. government sources.

From Official Sources, Cited and Verifiable

All GreenCardHero instructions, unless otherwise cited, are based on official publications from the U.S. government. So you can count on us for authority and accuracy.

We cite all our sources. If you ever want to verify the accuracy of any instruction, simply click on the source link right next it.

113 Pages, Streamlined into One Smart Software

— The amount of USCIS instructions for a common marriage green card case

GreenCardHero breaks them into step-by-step pieces and presents you the right information at the right time. You get what you need, without the frustration.

Secure and Private

GreenCardHero is a secure, stand-alone desktop software. Unlike online services, your sensitive data such as birth date and social security number are never uploaded to the internet, not even to us.

Private

Your sensitive data never leaves your computer. It is private and stored only on your own computer's hard drive.

Control

You have full control over your sensitive data at all times. To delete your data, simply drag it into your computer's recycle bin.

Secure

Your sensitive data is never uploaded to a 3rd-party server and never transmitted over the Internet. This eliminates major data security risks.

Why People Choose GreenCardHero

Faster and cheaper than lawyers. More reliable and secure than online services.

Full-Service Lawyer GreenCardHero Online Service
Cost $3,000+ $179 $450+
Time to File 2 months or longer. Mostly spent waiting around for the lawyer. Within 1 day if all documents are ready. Usually 1 to 2 weeks. You control the speed. 1 month or longer. Mostly spent waiting around for the "case manager".
Ease of Use Depends on the lawyer's communicate skills. User-friendly software with step-by-step personalized instructions. Get it done on your laptop at the comfort of home. Depends on the case manager's communication skills.
Reliability Authoritative, but usually standard information you can get without a lawyer unless your case is complex. Authoritative instructions from official government sources. Cited and verifiable. Can combine with a lawyer review for extra assurance. Does not cite instruction sources, not reliable.
Personal Data Security Sensitive personal information is routinely sent through insecure emails vulnerable to identity thefts. Your sensitive information is secure and private because it never leaves your computer. Even we cannot see it. Your sensitive information is transmitted over the internet and stored on 3rd party servers vulnerable to cyberattacks.
Commitment Risk Payment and contract upfront. Even if you dislike the lawyer later, it will be difficult to get out of it. Download and start for free! Know exactly what you are getting, and do not pay until you are happy and ready to file. Payment upfront. Even if you dislike the service later, it will be difficult to get out of it.
Process Transparency No visibility into where you are in the application process, not even sure if your case is forgotten. A lot of waiting around for the lawyer to get back to you. You have full control and clarity at all time. Always know where you are in the process and what needs to be done. All information is clearly laid out and just a click away. Same issue as with lawyers. No visibility into where you are in the process, anxiety while waiting for replies to your status update requests.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, it does! Here is the entire process in a nutshell:

Our software will begin with a set of eligibility questions to set up for your case. Then it will present an overview of your application process. Then it will walk you through the forms, the documents, how to submit, and finally the next steps after submission. The next steps will include a personalized post-filing timeline, case tracking instructions, green card interview tips, and things to do after receiving your green card.

If multiple separate submissions are required for your case, the software will walk you through each submission and what to do between submissions.

GreenCardHero is designed to support common application scenarios, which cover most applicants. However, if any of the following applies to your case, we suggest that you hire an immigration attorney instead:

  • The spouse who is seeking a green card has prior immigration violations, past criminal offenses, or a previously denied application.
  • The spouse who is a U.S. citizen or green card holder has a current annual income below the HHS Poverty Guidelines.

Not sure if GreenCardHero supports your case? Take our quick eligibility quiz to find out.

It depends on how complex your case is and how much time and money you want to spend. Here are our suggestions:

  • Hiring a lawyer is the right choice for complex cases like the ones listed above. But if your case is simple, a lawyer may not be very useful. In addition, a lawyer can take two months to complete your case, and can cost $3,000 or more.
  • Do-it-yourself might work if you have a lot of time and willpower to comb through hundreds of pages of confusing government documents and contradicting online forum answers, and are willing to risk leaving out something important. For the amount of time, energy, and risk involved, DIY may in the end turn out be to an expensive option.
  • The GreenCardHero software is the wise choice for applicants with simple cases who want step-by-step help, fast turn-around time, and saving money.

Optionally, you can combine GreenCardHero with a quick final lawyer review to doubly ensure accuracy: first complete your application using GreenCardHero, then take it to a local lawyer for a review. A lawyer review usually takes about an hour and costs under $300, much faster and cheaper than a full-lawyer service.

Consider combining GreenCardHero with a final lawyer review.

A lawyer review is not required by USCIS, and is therefore not included in GreenCardHero. But some applicants may find it reassuring to have a lawyer double check everything before submission. If that describes you, getting a review is fast and easy: After completing your application using GreenCardHero, take it to a local immigration lawyer and ask for an "application review".

Typically, a lawyer will only charge around $300 for a thorough one-hour review. In contrast, hiring a lawyer to do the whole application can cost $3,000 and two months.

One thing to be aware of: Some online services offer "application reviews", but the people doing the reviews are not licensed lawyers. The qualities of such reviews are not trust-worthy and it is even questionable whether they are legal.

Absolutely! GreenCardHero is free to download and start, and you can use most parts of the software for free, including the personalized questionnaire and the interactive document checklist. We only charge when you decide to download the filled out application forms and cover letters.

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