If you’re considering applying for a green card, you are no doubt wondering how much this process will cost. After all, it’s important to stay informed of the various fees and documents that the U.S. government requires as part of obtaining a green card. Our guide helps you understand why green cards are important and the costs associated with the two most common ways to obtain a green card.
A United States green card is an identification card that makes the holder a permanent United States resident. The card is officially known as a Permanent Resident Card and it is obtained through U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Green card holders are granted similar protections and rights as United States citizens when it comes to living and working, but they will not have the right to vote. Green card holders can apply for full citizenship after three years if they are married or after five years if they are single.
Obtaining a green card is an important step toward citizenship for many, and it enables individuals to legally work and live in the United States in addition to being protected by United States laws, eligible for certain U.S. government benefits, study at United States universities without risk, and ensure their family is also eligible to apply for green cards.
How Much Does it Cost to Obtain a Green Card?
There are two main methods for obtaining a green card – adjustment of status or consular processing. We give you an explanation of these green card types and detail the costs associated with each type of green card application process.
It’s important to note that most green cards are obtained via family status or through employment opportunities. However, there are a few other categories that may make you eligible to obtain a green card, something we discuss in more detail below.
How Much Does an Adjustment of Status Green Card Cost?
An adjustment of status green card is applied for by those within the United States. Individuals applying for a green card through this process will need to fill out a few different forms including an immigrant petition (for most people, this is Form I-130) and Form I-485. You may also need to attend an interview and attend a biometric services appointment.
The cost of your adjustment of status green card depends on the forms that you submit along with your application, the cost of your biometrics appointment, and the cost of the required medical exam, which varies based on your location and the provider.
Most individuals applying for a green card through the adjustment of status process can expect to pay $1,760, which is broken down into the costs below.
How Much Does a Consular Processing Green Card Cost?
A consular processing green card is one that is applied for by an individual outside of the United States. Both the USCIS and the U.S. Department of State are involved in this process, and you will most likely need to submit your applications to a U.S. Department of State consulate abroad for an immigrant visa that allows you to travel legally to the United States and become a permanent resident.
The forms you submit during this process determine your overall costs. For most people, the total cost is $1,200, which we break down into the forms and fees below.
Again, this isn’t a complete list of forms you may need, and you will need to add the cost of a medical exam to the total cost of $1,200. Consult the Consular Processing green card information on the USCIS website for more information on unique situations and the complete list of forms you may need to apply for a green card in this manner.
Are There Other Types of Green Cards?
While most green cards tend to be applied for on a family basis or due to offers of employment, there are several other categories that the USCIS lists as a basis for eligibility when applying for a green card.
These categories include items such as:
Green cards for special immigrants, such as religious workers or international broadcasters
Green cards for refugees or asylum seekers
Green cards for human trafficking or crime victims
Green cards for victims of abuse
Green cards via registry
You can review a full list of green card eligibility categories on the USCIS website. Once you have identified the category that best fits your situation, you can then begin the process of identifying which application process is best for you – adjustment of status or consular processing.
If you have questions about the fees associated with forms related to special green card eligibility statuses, you can either use the fee calculator on the USCIS website or review the USCIS fee schedule.
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