There are a lot of people who live in the United States from other countries. Many of them are here after marrying a green card holder. In fact, a good portion of annual marriages in the U.S. are to immigrants in the possession of a green card. Something every person marrying a green card holder should keep in mind is that it will affect them differently than if they had married an American citizen.

Some of the factors impacting this marriage include:

Legal Status

You and your future spouse may possibly need to go through an interview process. There, you’ll fill out paperwork for the USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services). Additionally, your future spouse will still need to reapply every ten years for their own green card.


Were you not in the United States when you married your spouse. You will need to file the necessary paperwork with the USCIS and make sure you turn everything in on time. Then, you will need to wait a few years until you obtain your green card and migrate to the United States. If you are currently in the United States or are a citizen yourself, the process will be a lot more manageable.


Do not be bashful in requesting and carefully documenting your future spouse’s information. Include their passport, green card papers, driver’s license, social security card, proof of income, tax returns, and whatever else an immigration lawyer may request.

Previous Marriages

Of course, divorce is not uncommon, including between spouses who are green card holders. Every marriage, including yours, needs to be able to prove it was genuine and not a fraud just to obtain a green card. Previous marriages can bring suspicion upon your marriage. They can even jeopardize your future spouse’s green card status—depending on his or her circumstances and immigration situation. It is very important that all past marriages as well as your present marriage are for the right reasons.


You will need to be aware, prepared, and willing to be open to have the USCIS do some digging. They will look at your legal history, finances, and ask some personal questions.

The Passing of Time

When it comes to the process of immigration law, it is good to develop plenty of patience. You may not be able to do everything you want right away or when you want to do it. However, that doesn’t mean you should give up. Patience is an important foundation to every marriage, especially when marrying a green card holder.

As you consider the factors that will impact your marriage to a green card holder and the process involved, it helps to have professional legal assistance to guide you and answer your questions. This makes the process less confusing and frustrating for all parties involved. Hiring an immigration lawyer is a good place to start. Contact the Lee and Peynado Law Firm now with your questions about marrying a green card holder.