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Marriage-US-Citizen - Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the processing time for a marriage to U.S. citizen based Green Card?

The processing time for a marriage based Green Card varies depending on the Service Center where your petition has been filed. The process may take up to 12-18 months.

6.

Do I have to give up my passport after I get my marriage to U.S. citizen based Green Card?

No, you do not have to give up your passport on becoming a legal permanent resident. Your nationality doesn’t change on getting a Green Card. You may apply to become a U.S. citizen after having a Green Card and being married to a U.S. citizen for three years.

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7.

Is my U.S. citizen spouse required to attend the interview for my marriage based Green Card?

Yes, both you and your U.S. citizen spouse will be interviewed before you get your Green Card if you applied for Adjustment of Status. In the case of Consular Processing your U.S. citizen spouse is not required to attend the interview.

Note: The purpose of the interview is to determine that the marriage was entered into in good faith and that all USCIS Forms have been correctly completed.

8.

What is the processing time for a Work Permit after I file my marriage to U.S. citizen based Green Card application?

The processing time for a Work Permit varies depending on the work load of the Service Center where your petition has been filed. The process usually takes 60 to 120 days after the petition is filed.

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