Get a QuoteOrder Now
How Long Does the Green Card Process Take on Average?2023-01-12T10:59:15-05:00
  • U.S. Language Services LLC
Home/Guides & Resources/How Long Does the Green Card Process Take on Average?

How Long Does the Green Card Process Take on Average?

Applying for a green card is a lengthy process that many individuals undertake in order to be awarded permanent residency in the United States. After you’ve completed all of your required forms and submitted them along with any associated fee, you are likely wondering how long it will take for your application to be processed and for you to receive results. Our article helps you understand the general processing times for green card applications and the factors that might affect this processing time.

In this guide we will cover these questions:

Methods to Obtain Your Green Card

There are two main methods to obtain your green card based on your physical location; the adjustment of status application and the consular processing application. Fees for these applications vary based on individual situations and any supplemental forms required alongside the main green card documents of Form I-130, Form I-485, and Form I-864.

Individuals applying for a green card inside of the United States apply for the adjustment of status green card directly through United States Citizen and Immigration Services, while those outside of the United States will apply for consular processing via the U.S. Department of State consulate in their country.

How Long Does It Take To Get a Green Card?

Average processing times for green cards vary, though it is safe to say you might be waiting at least a year for your green card application to be processed. In the past few years, the COVID-19 pandemic has slowed down processing and extended wait times for a green card application, but, as of 2023, processing times seem to be getting back to normal.

You may want to review historical wait times for USCIS processing to get a sense of the average time it might take for your green card application to be processed.

How Long Does an Adjustment of Status Green Card Take?

On average (as of January 2023), a family-based adjustment of status green card application will take between 20 and 32 months, with times varying based on any additional forms and the service center that is processing your application.

Employment-based adjustment of status processing times will typically be a little faster, but wait times still average between 19 and 25 months dependent on any special circumstances and the service center processing your application.

You should note that the USCIS does have an annual limit on both family-based and employment-based adjustment of status green card applications. If the limit is reached before your application is processed, you may need to wait another few months to a few years for the completion of the process.

How Long Does a Consular Processing Green Card Take?

Consular processing green card applications are those that are applied for by individuals outside of the United States. Most of the time, these are applied for due to employment offers. The average processing time for a consular processing green card ranges between 5 and 13 months, as of January 2023.

These wait times vary based on any supplemental forms required with your application, the volumes of applications the U.S. Department of State consulate has received, and certain special circumstances.

Can I Check Green Card Processing Times?

It’s possible to check the average processing times for certain USCIS forms through the tool located on their website. This tool will allow you to input the forms you have filed and take note of the average processing time that approximately 80 percent of cases have been completed in. You can also input the service center you are using and access other helpful resources to help you understand more about USCIS processing times.

Inquiring About Cases Outside of Normal Processing Time

In some cases, your green card application may still be processing much longer after the average expected time. If this happens to you, it is possible to make an inquiry through the USCIS about your application.

To do this, read more about case processing times on the USCIS website and then submit a case inquiry. You will be asked for your A-number, the receipt number that was given upon submission of your application, and the date when your application was filed.

Is It Possible to Expedite the Green Card Process?

Unfortunately, there is no way to expedite the process of your green card application. Forms and petitions are processed in the order they are received and both the USCIS and the U.S. Department of State adhere to regulations about how many green cards are issued each year.

You can help ensure everything goes smoothly with your applications and that the process is as fast as possible by filling out all forms correctly and staying informed about each step of your green card process.

Obtaining a Certified Translation for Your Green Card Application

A major part of ensuring your green card application is processed smoothly and without issues that slow it down is making sure that all of your important required documents are accurate and translated into English.
This is especially important if you are applying from overseas and have multiple important documents that are not in English including:

You can obtain a certified translation for important documents that might be required for your green card application process by visiting our online store.

Order Your Certified Translation

It is always important to do your own research. Check the USCIS website and the National Visa Center website to see if you are eligible to file a green card application. U.S. Language Services LLC is not a law firm and does not provide legal advice. As a result, it is not a substitute for legal counsel. If you need assistance submitting your paperwork, please seek out the advice of a lawyer.

U.S. Language Services LLC is not affiliated with or endorsed by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) or any other agency of the United States government.

Guaranteed Acceptance

All our certified to English translations are accepted by the USCIS. Our translations follow the guidelines established by the USCIS and are also accepted by educational institutions.

Order now
Get a free quote

FAQs

You can order most translations 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through our online store. For large projects (more than 20,000 words or 50 pages), please request a quote.

General Questions

Can you expedite my translation?2020-10-13T08:31:38-04:00

Yes, we apply a surcharge of 50% to expedited translations and it is a service we offer for most common language combinations.

With expedited service we can reduce the delivery time by approximately 50%. If your document is only 1 page, we can often provide same day service.

How do you keep my information secure?2020-04-10T10:40:07-04:00

All your information is transmitted using SSL/TLS encryption.

We never receive, store or keep your credit card information. Your credit card information is processed externally by Stripe. The same company that manages payments for companies such as Uber, Lyft, Target, Blue Apron, SquareSpace, Slack and Spotify (to name a few).

U.S. Language Services has a strict confidentiality policy. We understand that in certain cases, given the sensitivity of the information to be translated, some clients require we sign a specific confidentiality agreement (NDA). We would be happy to sign your NDA.

Who will translate my document?2020-04-10T10:41:04-04:00

Our translators have years of experience in the translation industry and specialize in different areas of service. Many of them have graduate degrees and certificates in fields such as law and engineering.

How can I pay?2020-04-10T10:40:56-04:00

We accept all major credit cards, Apple Pay, PayPal and Google Pay.

In what currency are your prices?2022-02-25T08:57:58-05:00

All prices — both in the online store and in quotes sent via email — are indicated in U.S. dollars (USD).

Is my payment safe?2020-04-10T10:40:47-04:00

Yes. We use Stripe and PayPal as payment platforms. We never receive, store or keep your credit card information.

Certified Translation

What is a certified translation?2020-04-10T10:52:38-04:00

A certified translation is a word-for-word translation required for official use by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), universities, colleges, state or federal institutions and courts.

All our certified translations are issued in accordance with the regulations established by the USCIS, the institution that most frequently requires this type of document. A certified translation includes a certificate issued on our corporate letterhead signed by the translator and a U.S. Language Services representative in PDF format.

How much does it cost?2021-04-13T11:31:37-04:00

The price for a certified translation is $29.00 per page. No hidden fees.
Each page may contain up to 250 words or fewer including numbers. Pages may be letter size (8.5″ x 11″), A4 or smaller and one sided.
For languages that use logograms, such as Chinese, Korean and Japanese, each character is considered a word.

How are the pages counted?2022-06-28T09:54:53-04:00

When you order a certified translation, the most significant variable is how the pages of the document are calculated. We take into consideration both the number of physical pages in your original document and the total word count.

Each page may contain up to 250 words. Pages may be letter size (8.5″ x 11″), A4 or smaller and one sided.

For example: A project with 2 physical pages that each contain 500 words (1,000 words total), is calculated as 4 pages (1,000 words ÷ 250 = 4 pages).

What happens if I don’t count the number of pages correctly?2020-04-10T10:48:37-04:00

Don’t worry. Our team reviews each order individually. If the number of pages is greater, we’ll contact you with instructions on how to proceed. If you ordered pages in excess, we’ll issue you a refund using the same payment method.

How long will it take to translate my document?2021-06-07T18:46:33-04:00

For most common languages, including Spanish, French, Portuguese, Russian and Chinese, you can expect to receive a 1-3 page translation in 1 business day. Larger projects (4 – 10 pages) can take up to 3 business days.

For orders in other language pairs, our team will review your documents and provide you with the delivery date once you place your order.

Note: Orders placed after 2 p.m. EST (Eastern Standard Time) will be processed by our team on the following business day. Delivery dates exclude weekends & holidays. 

Do you offer notarized translations?2021-11-10T14:29:32-05:00

No, we do not offer notarized translation services.

Standard Translation

How much does it cost?2020-11-12T06:22:39-05:00

The price for a standard translation is $0.12 per word. No hidden fees.
For languages that use logograms, such as Chinese, Korean and Japanese, each character is considered a word.

Is there a minimun?2020-11-11T11:10:45-05:00

Yes. The minimum per project is $24 or 200 words.

What is a standard translation?2020-11-11T11:14:07-05:00

A standard translation is a high-quality, professional translation of documents or text-based files delivered in an editable Word file. If you require a different format (pages, rtf, txt) just let us know when placing your order using the comments field. This service is perfect for:

  • Press releases, employee manuals
  • Websites, blog posts, emails, text messages
  • Financial statements, legal contracts
  • Online stores, e-commerce, product descriptions, etc.
How do you ensure quality?2020-04-10T11:12:59-04:00

Our translators have years of experience in the translation industry and specialize in different areas of service. Many of them have graduate degrees and certificates in fields such as marketing, law and engineering. We’re very selective and accept less than 10% of the translators that apply.

A typical translator working for U.S. Language Services has over 5 years of experience and is fluent or bilingual in English and the source or target language.

What languages do you translate?2022-03-21T11:43:14-04:00

U.S. Language Services provides translation services in 35 languages. We translate both from English and into English:

  • Arabic
  • Bulgarian
  • Catalan
  • Chinese (Simplified & Traditional)
  • Czech
  • Danish
  • Dari
  • Dutch
  • Farsi
  • French
  • Georgian
  • German
  • Greek
  • Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • Hungarian
  • Indonesian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Norwegian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese (Brazil & Portugal)
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Slovak
  • Spanish (Spain and Latin America)
  • Swedish
  • Tagalog
  • Turkish
  • Ukrainian
  • Vietnamese
How long will it take?2021-06-07T18:46:35-04:00

For most common languages, including Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish you can expect to receive:

  • A 500 word translation in 1 business day
  • A 1,000 word translation in 2 business days
  • A 2,000 word translation in 3 business days
  • A 5,000 word translation in 5 business days

For orders in other language pairs, our team will review your documents and provide you with the delivery date once you place your order.

Note: Orders placed after 2 p.m. EST (Eastern Standard Time) will be processed by our team on the following business day. Delivery dates exclude weekends & holidays.

U.S. Language Services LLC
ATA - American Translators Association

American Translators Association
Corporate Member: 272027

Get a free quote

Please provide us with your contact information and upload your documents. All the information transmitted is secure.

Title