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If citizen spouse refuses to pay fees for CR g.c. conditions to be removed is this illegal

Portland, OR |

If the citizen spouse does not wish to have the CR green card holder conditions removed, (due to marital abuse, infidelity, etc.) and thereby does not pay the necessary fees, can legal action be taken against that spouse? Also, if CR spouse cannot afford legal representation to remove conditions, can free legal aid be provided? If the CR spouse uses a waiver, are fees still payable to be able to remove the conditions?

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If they refuse to file to remove your conditions, there are ways in which you can petition on your own. You should consult an immigration lawyer. Many of us offer consultations at little or no charge. Good luck.
Dean P. Murray
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You probably will have to file on your own. There is no provision in law that requires the government to provide you with a free immigration lawyer, but you can check with local bar associations, and see if they can help you.

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The person filing a petition to remove conditions on residency has to pay the USCIS filing fee. You may file this on your own or retain an attorney in this case but no free legal aid may be available, unless you find a local community organization who provides assistance in such matters.

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