The entire adjustment of status process usually takes over a year to complete. It can take 10 to 13 months if the sponsoring spouse is a citizen of the United States. If the sponsoring spouse is a green card holder, it can take 29 to 38 months. Typically, an applicant receives their green card from USCIS 1 to 4 weeks after approval of the adjustment of status, which is step 4 in the AOS timeline below:

1. First Notice of Action (NOA): 1 to 5 weeks

After you file the I-485, you will receive notification that the USCIS has received it.

2. Second NOA (Biometrics Appointment Letter): 2-8 weeks

Applicant receives a NOA requiring them to attend a biometrics appointment and have their fingerprints taken.

3. Third NOA (Biometrics Appointment): 4-10 weeks

If an interview is required with USCIS, the applicant will be informed of this with another Notice of Action.

4. Approval Notice 5-10 months

If approved, the applicant can visit their local USCIS office to have their passport stamped with a temporary green card stamp.

5. Receipt of Green Card 1-4 weeks

Please note that the above timelines are averages based on our experience with over 60,000 customers. Timelines are not guaranteed.