I was married in September 2011 to a US Citizen. I got my green card last year and it expires on May 2015. Things didn't work out between me and my spouse and I filed for divorce whose hearing date is Nov, 2014. We don't have any property together and we already agreed on the stuff we have in the apartment. I researched online and found out I can apply to remove the condition for green card as soon as I get divorce. Will I need a lawyer to handle my case or can I apply myself? I have evidence like bills on same address, lease and pictures. I can get letter from my friends and my spouse dad and brother too saying we had marriage in good faith.
you need a lawyer if the worst case - losing your green card - is serious for you. A lawyer won't guarantee your success, but will make sure you are presenting your best case.
It would be advisable to hire an attorney to file your removal of condition based on good faith marriage waiver.
Yes, you do, IF you are serious about being able to remove the conditions on your temporary conditional residence, that is, and especially so when you need to self-petition on the I-751, with a request for the waiver of the joint filing requirement, based on the "good faith" of your marriage, abuse, etc. and what have you...
When self-petitioning you are in effect guaranteed a second interview at USCIS, and it won't be as pretty as your first one was.. Trust me, you want a reputable immigration lawyer to prepare you, and accompany you to that interview.
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You must apply for a TEN year green card. Since you are not living in marriage currently your situation becomes somewhat complex. It would be a good idea to have some help with this process unless you are knowledgeable on how to handle it all the way.
My answers are for general information only, NOT A legal advice because these are not tailored to your specific situation. Contact an Immigration Attorney if you need legal advice.
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