Track Green Card Status for Fiance Visa and Spouse Visa
Today, we talk about how to track green card status when you are in the process of a green card for Legal Permanent Resident status for a K-1 Fiance Visa and IR-1 or CR-1 Spouse Visa.
About Green Cards
United States lawful permanent residency card, informally known as a green card, is the immigration status of a person authorized to live and work in the United States of America permanently. Green cards are valid for 10 years for permanent residents, and 2 years for conditional permanent residents.
The green card serves as proof that its holder, a lawful permanent resident (LPR) of the U.S. and other functions including:
- The holder has been officially granted immigration benefits.
- An official U.S. government form of identification. Actually, the card holder is required to carry his or her green card on their person at all times.
- Permission to reside in the U.S.
- Authorization to legally work in the United States.
- A document to legally be able to travel to other countries that accepts U.S. citizens without need for a visa.
- Authorization to re-enter the United States if traveling abroad.
The holder must maintain permanent resident status. Typically, this includes residing in the U.S. for at least 6 months or more per year. The green card can be taken away if certain conditions of this status are not met.
When a Green Card is Issued for Fiance Visa or Spouse Visa Recipients
A green card is issued to fiance visa or spouse visa recipients at the following times:
- Soon after Port of Entry into the U.S. for Spouse Visa holders. However, that is only if they have paid their immigrant visa fee.
- After a Fiance Visa Holder marries, files for Adjustment of Status and becomes a Legal Permanent Resident.
- A Conditional Permanent Resident files to Remove Conditions.
- When a Legal Permanent Resident has filed to renew an expiring green card.
- Replacing a lost green card.
The green card is very important to a Legal Permanent Resident. Therefore, being able to track green card status when it is being approved, produced and delivered is important to people. Hence, we show you how to track green card status.
Track Green Card Status
Track Green Card Status Online through
Firstly, enter your receipt number. This is the receipt number that you received from USCIS when:
- Paid your immigrant fee of $220 online For Spousal Visa holders. Remember the receipt number that you get. For example, it starts with the letters IOE. If you did not pay your immigrant fee, your green card will not come. See below specifically on how to pay you immigrant fee if you have not done so already. Remember, it is best to pay the immigrant fee after you get your visa, but before you enter the U.S.
- Whenever you a file a petition with USCIS, you get a Receipt Notice (Notice of Action – Form I797-C) that has a ‘Receipt Number‘ including:
Then, click “Check Status”. This is how to track green card status.
Results after you Track Green Card Status by Checking Status
The on-line system shows you the latest status of your green card.
Below are the typical status statements when you track green card status and what they mean:
Validation Error(s) You must correct the following error(s) before proceeding: My Case Status does not recognize the receipt number entered.
There are typically two reasons for this error.
Firstly, you may have entered the receipt number wrong. Therefore, try it again.
Also, this error is typical for a spouse visa holder whose paper work has not made it yet from the Port of Entry (POE) to USCIS. Therefore, wait a week or more before your information is send from the POE to UCIS. Then, try to track green card status again.
Application Accepted and is Pending Review
This means the USCIS has received your information from the POE or your petition and it is under review.
This means that your green card is being produced.
Card Mailed to My Address
This means that USCIS has mailed your green card to you. For this purpose, USCIS uses the U.S. Postal Services (USPS). Therefore, the green card should arrive in about a week or less.
This means that the USPS has delivered your green card to the address on record.
Pay Immigrant Fee Online If You Have Not Already
For Spousal Visa holders, if you did not pay your immigrant fee online here is how to do so:
- Go to uscis.gov/file-online.
- Select the “Log in” button.
- Select “USCIS Immigrant Fee” from the chart.
- Enter your A-Number and DOS Case ID, which can be found on your immigrant data summary, USCIS Immigrant Fee handout, or immigrant visa stamp.
Lost USCIS Receipt Number
If you have lost your receipt letter with the USCIS receipt number, it can be recovered. Schedule an InfoPass appointment with USCIS. An InfoPass appointment is made through the USCIS website. Generally, it’s the only way to get face-to-face access to a USCIS employee. In most cases, you will not be able to enter a USCIS facility without an appointment. At your InfoPass appointment, you can ask questions about your case and request your receipt number if necessary. Take your passport or other valid identification documents to the appointment.
Typical Processing Times
USCIS processing times change from time to time, but see below for the average for each condition that generates a green card:
- Spouse Visa Holder Entry into U.S.: USCIS typically mails the green card approx 4-8 weeks after entry into the U.S. through the POE. In fact, my wife and son got their green cards 6 weeks after entering the POE. Until then, use your stamped spouse visa as a temporary green card.
- Adjustment of Status (I-485): The average right now is about four to six months to get the green card. You should receive work and travel authorization in about 90 days after filing the I-485 package (which should include I-765 for work and I-131 for travel).
- Removal of Conditions (I-751): After filing the I-751 petition to remove conditions on your conditional green card, the entire process can take anywhere from 4-12 months. This is an approximation. It may be shorter for some and longer for others. In some cases, USCIS makes a request for additional information or schedule an interview.
- Renew or Replace Green Card: After filing Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card, the entire process can take anywhere from 5-6 months. This is an approximation.
For spouse visa holders just arriving in the U.S., USCIS mails your Green Card to the U.S. mailing address that you provide to the Department of State at the time of your immigrant visa interview or to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer at the Port of Entry. Therefore, if you plan on living at a different U.S. address immediately after you enter the United States, please give that address to the CBP officer to ensure that your card arrives at your new home. Also, we recommend that you update your address with the U.S. Postal Service by visiting your local U.S. post office or online at usps.com/umove.
- If you move after you arrive in the United States and do not receive your card within 120 days, please update your address with USCIS by visiting uscis.gov/addresschange or by contacting the Customer Contact Center.
Missing Green Card
If you do not receive your Green Card within 120 days after paying the USCIS Immigrant Fee or admission to the United States (if you paid the fee prior to arrival), submit an inquiry online at uscis.gov/e-request. Also, make sure that USCIS and the post office have your correct mailing address.