How long will it take to receive my green card once it's approved? After the case is approved, the green card should arrive in the mail within 30 days. It may take a while for the online case status to be updated. If the green card does not arrive in 30 days, the applicant can follow the instructions here. Related articles How can I expedite my NVC application? What happens if I go out of status before I get my green card? How do I upload photo evidence?