Detailed guides for each of the main pathways to a visa


A person seeking a family-based green card can do so if they are a spouse, child, parent or sibling. A spouse seeking a marriage-based green card must generally follow one of four different pathways, based on where they live and whether their spouse is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident (green card holder).

RapidVisa has produced a detailed guide for each pathway, so you can understand what to expect and then navigate the immigration system with confidence.

Alternatively, answering simple questions in our app will automatically present the correct immigration forms based on your answers.


Which marriage-based immigration guide best describes your situation?

Living in the United States and Married to a U.S. Citizen

Living in the United States and Married to a U.S. Green Card Holder

Living Abroad and Married to a U.S. Citizen

Living Abroad and Married to a U.S. Green Card Holder

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