How Long does It Take to Get a Green Card?

The ‘green card’ is the importantly-titled government document that certifies your status as a permanent resident. There are a variety of ways to obtain a green card, but this piece will focus only on the three easiest and most prevalent: getting an employer to sponsor you, entering the diversity visa lottery, or marrying a U.S. citizen. Some of these can take up to a year to come to a green status.