Submit all application materials in one package
The sponsor and applicant submit the following forms, along with supporting documents:
- Form I-130 – Petition for Alien Relatives
- Form I-130A – Supplemental Information for Spouse Beneficiary
- Form I-485 – Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status
- Form I-944 – Declaration of Self Sufficiency (A new form that came into effect on February 24, 2020 due to USCIS’ new Public Charge Rule)
- Form I-864 – Affidavit of Support Under Section 213A of the INA
- Form I-765 – Application for Employment Authorization (optional)
- Form I-131 – Application for Travel Document (optional)
- G-1145 – e-Notification of Application/Petition Acceptance (optional)
Around 2 Weeks Later
USCIS Receipt Notice (Form I-797) Arrives
The receipt notice confirms that USCIS has received your application. It contains a set of case numbers, which you can use to track your case status with the USCIS Case Status Checker.
Around 3-5 Weeks after Filing
Biometrics Appointment Notice Arrives for the Applicant
The biometrics services appointment is a quick, low stress procedure where the USCIS takes the applicant’s fingerprints, photograph, and/or signature. This helps USCIS confirm the applicant’s identity and run required background and security checks.1
The appointment will be at a local USCIS Application Support Center (ASC). The applicant’s appointment notice will include the date, time and location for the appointment.2
Around 4-6 Weeks after Filing
The Applicant Goes to the Biometrics Appointment
Attend the scheduled biometrics services appointment. You can learn more about what it’s like on the USCIS website.
Around 3 Months after Filing
Employment Authorization Document (EAD) Card Arrives for the Applicant
If the applicant filled out the optional forms for employment and travel authorization (Forms I-765 and I-131), the applicant will receive an approval notice and an EAD card in the mail. With an EAD card, the applicant can work in the U.S. and/or travel outside the U.S. while the application is pending.
Around 4-10 Months after Filing
Interview Notice Arrives for the Sponsor and Applicant
USCIS will schedule an in-person interview and mail an interview notice. Both the applicant and the sponsor need to attend. The interview notice will contain instructions on what supporting documents to bring to the interview.
Around 1-2 Months after Receiving Interview Notice
The Sponsor and Applicant Go to Green Card Interview
The interview is an opportunity for USCIS to verify the information provided in your application, to discover new information, and to determine the credibility of the applicant.3 During the interview, a USCIS officer will ask the applicant a series of questions to confirm that the applicant:
- Never committed a crime
- Hasn’t defrauded the U.S. government
- Hasn’t been deported
- Has no serious diseases
- The marriage is real
- Has financial support
Read our guide on how to prepare and what to expect at the interview.
Around 1-2 Months after Completing Interview
Green Card Arrives in the Mail! 🎉
Congratulations! You have made it!