When you submitted your I-751, provided you did it correctly, your conditional green card should have been extended for one year. You should have gotten a letter to stating that. 4 months is not long at all to adjudicate such cases. However, given your facts, I would advise you to meet with an experienced immigration attorney, someone who will be able to review your entire case, including the documents you submitted and advise you concerning your particular situation. Good Luck.
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I-751 Petitions often take approximately 8 months or more for USCIS to adjudicate.
If you filed the I-751 before the expiration of your two-year green card, then your permanent resident status should have been extended for one year. Check the receipt that you should have received.
You should consult with an experienced immigration attorney about this case.
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There are two ways to file an I-751 without the joint requirement. It is not clear here whether you file based on a divorce or based on abuse. Each one has a different set of requirements on what you must show to get an approval. In any case, if you apply for an F-1 visa at this point it is likely to be denied because your conditional residence has not been terminated. You would be well served to consult with an immigration attorney about your case.
Typical processing time for i750 one without an interview is 6 to 9 months. If you case is selected for an interview you can anticipate an additional 3 to 6 months. Thus your case is within normal processing time.
If you're concerned about the viability of your case, consult with an experienced immigration attorney who can review the facts of your case, advise you what to expect and how best to proceed.
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