The entire adjustment of status process usually takes over a year to complete. It can take 12 to 27 months if the sponsoring spouse is a citizen of the United States. If the sponsoring spouse is a green card holder, it can also take 12 to 27 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 12-27 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.