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How to Get the Spouse Visa for a U.S. Green Card

By: Mary Jones

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Total Cost for Typical Spouse Visa

The cost of the required medical exam will vary by country, doctor, and any additional vaccinations that may be required. Other costs may include photos to submit with the application, postage, and any transportation fees

Requesting the Spouse Visa

Initially, the U.S. citizen or permanent resident files Form I-130 and I-130A with USCIS. Form I-130 is a request by the U.S. citizen or permanent resident to make a visa available to a foreign national spouse.

USCIS Filing Fee

Submit $535 payment for your USCIS fees. Make the check or money order payable to U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Cover letter (optional)

A cover letter is not required, but it can help itemize the documents that you are submitting and highlight any extraordinary circumstances that you want to clarify.

Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative

Submit an accurately prepared petition. The best way to keep your case on schedule is to fill out the form correctly and neatly. Don’t forget to sign

Form I-130A, Supplemental Information for Spouse Beneficiary

The Form I-130A is only required for the beneficiary spouse. If your spouse is outside the United States, he or she is not required to sign Form I-130A.

Proof of status

If you are a U.S. citizen, submit a photocopy of a birth certificate (if U.S. born), passport, naturalization certificate, certificate of citizenship, or consular report of birth abroad

Marriage certificate

Include a copy of your marriage certificate to prove that there is a family relationship between you and your spouse.

Proof of previous marriages terminated

If either you or your spouse were previously married, submit copies of documents showing that all prior marriages were legally terminated such as a divorce decree or death certificate

Passport photos

Submit two passport-style color photos of yourself and two passport-style color photos of your spouse taken within 30 days of filing the petition.

Evidence of a bona fide marriage

It’s important to demonstrate you married for genuine reasons, not to evade U.S. immigration laws for the sole purpose of obtaining a green card.

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