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What happens after submitting your I-751 – Petition to Remove Conditions?

The USCIS provides “conditional permanent resident status” and a two-year green card to immigrants married to a Legal Permanent Resident or United States Citizen. Those who wish to attain their status as a Lawful Permanent Resident must file the Form I-751 – Removal of Conditions Application. Now, what happens after you submit your Form I-751?

Receipt of Application

Within three weeks from submitting your I-751, you will receive a receipt by mail. This receipt will confirm the USCIS has received your form and has begun normal processing. This receipt is called Form I-797 – Notice of Action. It also serves as an extension to your conditional residence for a year while your I-751 is being processed. It will come with a ten-digit number that you can use to check the status of your application. Both the I-797 and expired green card are necessary to prove conditional residency status. You should also get an extension stamp or an I-551 stamp in your passport. You can get these from your regional USCIS office. To read more about that, check out this article. Should USCIS reject your application or need more information, they will send a Notice of Action or Request for Evidence.

Biometrics Appointment

>> What Happens at the Biometrics Appointment?

Within four weeks of filing, you will receive a notice detailing a biometrics appointment. The notice will include the  USCIS office where you will appear, the time of appointment, and the date. At your biometrics, you will record your fingerprints, photograph, and signature. (Keep in mind that although you may travel after having submitted your forms and are waiting for USCIS response, it is crucial you attend your biometrics appointment) The appointments are approximately 30 minutes, and your notice will provide details on what you will need to bring. Learn more about the biometrics appointment.

Within 5 months of your biometrics appointment, you won’t receive any further notices unless the information provided previously was unsatisfactory or needs to be re-recorded or re-submitted for any other reason.

Appointment Notice for Interview

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Within 6 months, some applicants will receive an interview requirement notice. If you submit your own I-751 form, it will take 6-8 months to process; however, if your spouse submits the waiver application, it can take up to 12 months. A waiver application undergoes a more stringent screening process and often requires an interview. If the waiver application is accepted as legitimate, they will not feel a confirming interview is necessary. This is why providing valid proof of relationship (e.g. a marriage license) is important when submitting your I-751. Should you be asked to attend an interview, preparation counsel from an attorney prior to the interview is recommended. If you have used Simple Citizen and would like to schedule a call with our legal team, reach out to us at support@simplecitizen.com.

Petition to Remove Conditions granted and green card issued

Within 8 months, your application should be fully processed, and your Petition to Remove Conditions granted and green card issued. Keep in mind that the time frame is different for each form, and the entire process may take up to a year. (Remember, you can check your application’s status here.) If your mailing address changes after you’ve submitted your I-751, you should call USCIS at 1-800-375-5283 to change your record. If you feel like your form request has extended beyond the regular processing time, visit this USCIS website.

Updated on January 15, 2020

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  1. I filed an I-751 before 18 days of my green card expiration date, what do I need to do if my green card expired but not receive the receipt of notice? Thank you very much.

    1. I filed an i-175 before 11 months u see case is ready to be schudale for an interview 7 months ago still now i am not recieving any apointment how long time taken to interview after case is ready to be schudale for an interview for interview thank you.

      1. I did file the form 19 months ago and still wait for an interview now ;((

      2. Same here.I filed I-751 last year July and I checked the status this year and it said I will be notified for an interview in January 2020. It’s September now and I still haven’t heard anything 😓. Probably the pandemic has caused the long delay

  2. I mailed a complete and full application to USCIS about 6 weeks ago, I also see that USCIS has deducted the fee from my account (using the check that I had sent) but we still haven’t received any receipt from USCIS . I can understand that things might be slower during Covid19, but wonder if anyone else had this issue or is it normal during these times?

    1. Hey did you received the receipt? I submit on the 13 of September and still haven’t received my receipt

    2. Hey Umer K did you receive your receipt? I have the same problem

  3. Yes, everything is still normal ,I was called for finger print after 4 months of submission and it has been 10 months now, ao don’t panic. If you call they will tell you that your case is still withing specified period.

  4. I submitted my i-751 on May 16 and I received an i-797C which is a receipt, but it doesn’t say anything about a 12 or 18 month extension. It just says that I don’t have to do biometrics and that my case is processing. I called and they said that I should have received my i-797 receipt by now so they gave me an email address to get more information, but the email didn’t work. Does anyone know what I should do now?

    1. Probably It means you will receive your green card in the mail by year end without an interview.

    2. The Extension usually comes after that receipt. It might take sometime, especially with the pandemic.

  5. How can I schedule appointment I want to travel with my 18months to renew my international passport and to see my dad how do I go about it

    1. I file i751 received 18months extension from uscis. And I used it to travel along with my passport n expired green card. Keep the extension with you all the time when traveling

      It’s the one that proved you can travel

  6. I’ve been waiting since Feb 2019, still waiting for interview. It is absolutely ridiculous. Just do interviews over Zoom.

  7. I submitted my i-751 on March 2018
    On March 2019 my case was transferred a new office.
    November last year I went to the immigration office to extend my visa.

    My visa expires in November 2020. What I have to do?

    1. Hi Marcos . I have the same problem I submitted my I-751 on Aug 6 2018 and they transferred my case on November 13 to another office until now I didn’t get anything I kept calling them they say you have to wait . Did you get anything yet.

  8. I submitted my application on September 14 2020. One week later I got my Notice with 18 month extension. I was surprised it took only 1 week for me to receive this letter. I fell like the biometrics and interview will take longer.

    1. I honestly thought it was an error on their part because I sent the completed application to remove conditions from permanent residency, sent the entire amount including biometrics fee by money order and yet I received a notice that I have been given an 18-months extension on green card. I was freaking out a little because I was wondering if they just stole my money and gave an extension. Ridiculous!

    2. I also filed the form I-751 with the Texas field office on September 1, 2020 The form received by USCIS on September 10, 2020.
      I received the form 797 with the 18 months extension within 7 days. Until today October 22 have no other notice for biometrics.

      1. I filed alone. I wait for biometrics appointment Nov. 28, 2020

  9. You need to update your timeframes. My I-751’s 18-month extension is expiring next month (Oct 2020) and we have been waiting for an interview since March 2020. I-751 application was filed February 2020. Now we need to go to USCIS using Infopass to obtain a I-551 stamp because it is taking so long. In the meantime, we also applied for Naturalization, N-400 and filled several inquiries through the USCIS website.

  10. My green card expired on July and I sent all my paperwork. Now I’m pretty much waiting for them. Does somebody know if I can get an special document to travel overseas to see my family while I’m waiting? Thank you.

    1. You can try the form I-551 its a stamp for your passport

  11. A question for the website owner. Kindly advice if this application of I-751 is the correct form for my statues, as I have been married to an American woman for 21 years, and due to my business out of the US I never applied for a Green card, except that my (X) filed it then at the time of marriage on my behalf but we never proceeded, with the application for my busy schedule at the time. several times I had visited the US and I asked the immigration department they side that I’m eligible to have a Green card and citizenship, The question is, I have divorced my X after that period of time 21 years, will I be able to apply now since I’m now 58 years of Age? and if this is not the correct form what form should I be using for filling of such?. Thank you

    1. Complicate case. My advice is: talk to an immigration attorney.

  12. I forgot to submit all the evidence along with the I-751 form. Can I still send them supporting documents? Do they still take my application? Do I loose my money? Thanks!

  13. I send my I751 form 1 year ago but I’m still waiting for my green card. How long it takes?

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