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When does a foreign spouse’s child obtain the permanent residence (‘green card’) card?

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Assuming approval of the permanent residence application, the foreign spouse’s child will receive the permanent residence card approximately 2 weeks after the interview. If the U.S. citizen and foreign spouse have been married less than 2 years at the time of issuance of the immigrant visa, the foreign spouse’s child’s permanent resident card will be valid for 2 years. This is referred to as a ‘conditional resident’ card. If the U.S. citizen and foreign spouse have been married 2 years or more at the time of issuance of the immigrant visa, the permanent resident card will be valid for 10 years.