Apply for Spouse's Immigrant Visa Online

Consular Processing Application for Spouse of U.S. Citizen

U.S. Permanent Resident Card

How much does an immigrant visa cost?

U.S. immigration attorney reviews your application, corrects any errors, answers your questions, mails your application to USCIS, monitors your application, responds to any RFEs, and participates in your interview.


  • Attorney Fee: $5,000
  • USCIS Fee: $535. Paid to USCIS when you submit Form I-130 to USCIS.
  • NVC Fee: $445. Paid to NVC when case is transferred to NVC.
  • Consulate Fee: ~ $220. Paid to Consulate before interview.
  • Input your application info on our website.
  • U.S. immigration attorney reviews your application and corrects any errors.
  • Attorney consultation about this application.
  • Attorney submits your completed application to USCIS and NVC.
  • Attorney monitors your application and updates you at every step.
  • Attorney respond to any Requests for Evidence (RFEs).
  • All information you provide is protected by the attorney-client privilege and is never sold or disclosed to third parties.

Who can apply for a marriage immigrant visa?

  • Petitioner is a U.S. citizen
  • Petitioner satisfies minimum income requirements
  • Petitioner and Beneficiary are lawfully married
  • Parties can produce evidence of a bona fide marriage
  • Beneficiary has never provided false information to the U.S. government

Required Documents

U.S. Petitioner's Required Documents

  • Birth Certificate (if born in the U.S.).
  • Naturalization Certificate (if naturalized).
  • Proof of income for current year: pay stubs, pay checks, or letter from employer.
  • Most recent Tax Return Transcript (can be downloaded here).
  • If previously married: Divorce judgment or prior spouse's death certificate.
  • Two passport-style photographs (2"x2", white background).

Foreign Beneficiary's Required Documents

  • Passport biographical page.
  • Birth certificate.
  • If previously married: Divorce judgment or prior spouse's death certificate.
  • If any criminal record: Certified copies of complete criminal case.
  • Two passport-style photographs (2"x2", white background).

Proof of Genuine Relationship

  • Marriage Certificate
  • Proof of cohabitation: 
    • Deed or lease showing both parties' names. 
    • Letters or bills showing both parties' names and address, for example utility bills, government notices.
  • Proof of joint accounts and assets, for example:
    • Jointly-filed tax return.
    • Monthly statements for joint bank account.
    • Monthly statements for joint credit card.
    • Deeds to property in both parties' names.
    • Life insurance policies.
    • Health insurance policies.
    • Titles to vehicles in both parties' names. 
    • Utility bills in both parties' names.
  • Photos together, including marriage ceremony photos and everyday photos. 
  • Letters from two friends or family members explaining how the friend/family member knows the Petitioner and Beneficiary and providing observations showing the Petitioner and Beneficiary have a genuine marriage relationship.
  • Letter from the Petitioner and Beneficiary explaining how they met and decided to marry.

Income Requirements

To apply for a foreign beneficiary, the Petitioner's income must satisfy certain minimum requirements. The specific income required depends on the Petitioner's household size. The Petitioner's household includes: the Petitioner, the Beneficiary, and any dependents listed on the Petitioner's tax return.

The Petitioner's annual income, as reported on the most recent year's federal income tax return Form 1040, must satisfy the requirements below: 

Sponsor's Household SizeMinimum Annual Income
Add $6,725 for each additional person

Steps to Apply for a Marriage Immigrant Visa

1. Fill out online application

You input your information and upload your documents to our online platform.

~ 2 hours

2. Lawyer reviews

U.S.-licensed attorney reviews your information and documents.

1 day

3. Attorney Submits Application

Attorney submits all government forms and evidence to USCIS.

1 day

4. USCIS Reviews 

USCIS reviews and eventually approves your application.

~ 1 year

5. National Visa Center Reviews

After USCIS approves your application, it transfers your case to the National Visa Center, which conducts its own review.

~ 5 months

6. Consular Interview

After the NVC approves your application, it transfers your case to the U.S. Consulate where the Beneficiary lives. The Consulate will notify the Beneficiary of an interview date.

~ 4 months

7. Visa Approved

The Consulate will approve the Beneficiary's visa, and the Beneficiary can travel to the U.S. The Beneficiary will receive a green card after arriving in the U.S.

U.S. Citizen's Immigrant Visa Application for 

Foreign Spouse Outside the U.S.

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