What is Form I-751?
Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence, applies for a 10-year green card when a permanent resident’s 2-year conditional green card expires. A conditional green card is a type of green card explicitly given to people who are married to US citizens who were married for less than two years at the time of green card approval. When filing Form I-751, a couple must provide evidence that the marriage is genuine and they are still living together. Failure to file Form I-751 or remove the conditions can result in USCIS terminating the green card and placing the individual in removal proceedings.
When to file Form I-751:
Typically, unless the form’s joint filing requirement is requested to be waived, it can be submitted up to 90 days before their conditional green card expires. USCIS states, “If this petition is not filed, you will automatically lose your permanent resident status two years from the date you were granted conditional status. You will then become removable from the United States. SPECIAL NOTE: If your failure to file was through no fault of your own, you may file your petition late with a written explanation and request that USCIS excuse the late filing. Failure to file before the expiration date may be excused if you demonstrate when you file the petition that the delay was due to extraordinary circumstances beyond your control and that the length of the delay was reasonable.”
If Form I-751 is filed with a request to waive the requirement of joint filing under the approved USCIS reasons, the petition can be filed at any time between green card approval and its expiration.
Generally, this form is filed separately from other forms and doesn’t require any other forms to be filed simultaneously.
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