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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

>> How To Pass A Marriage Green Card Interview

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.

  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. Hi, I actually submitted mine last MAy 15, 2020, but until now I have not received my I-797 NOA. I have called and emiled them several times already. I am still waiting.

      1. I submitted mine may 14..and got my extension letter last week

  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?

  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

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