How to Fill Out Form I-751 – Step-By-Step Instructions 
Learn how to fill out Form I-751-where to mail the application, when to file, who is the petitioner in Form I-751, how long will it take to get I-751 approved.
What is Form I-751?Form I-751, officially called Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence is a USCIS form, which is used to obtain a permanent green card of 10 years.
If you have been married for less than 2 years, at the time of issuance of a green card, the permanent resident card issued to the immigrant spouse will be valid for a period of only 2 years.
This temporary green card is called a ‘Conditional resident green card’.
This also applies to children who have been granted U.S. conditional residency based on their parent’s marriage to a U.S. citizen, or a lawful green card holder.
While reviewing your I-751 application, USCIS will have one more opportunity to determine if the marriage is authentic.
The Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence is an 11-paged USCIS form and consists of 11 sections.Part 1: Information About You, the Conditional Resident
Part 2: Biographic Information
Part 3: Basis for Petition
Part 4: Information about the U.S. Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident Spouse
Part 5: Information about Your Children
Part 6: Accommodation for Individuals with Disabilities and Impairments
Part 7: Petitioner’s Statement, Contact Information, Acknowledgment of Appointment at USCIS Application Support Center, Certification, and Signature
Part 8: Information of Individual or Spouse Listed in Part 4 (if applicable)
Part 9: Interpreter’s Contact Information, Certification and Signature
Part 10: Information of Person Preparing this Petition, if not the Petitioner
Part 11: Additional Information
In this guide, we will help you to fill out the Form I-751 step-by-step so that you face no delay in the processing of the form.
When to File Form I-751?It is essential to file for removal of conditional status before the CR-1 (conditional resident green card) expires, otherwise you will be classified as an undocumented immigrant and be subject to deportation.
Form I-751 must be filed 90 days prior to the expiration of the conditional resident card that was valid for 2 years.
If you are filing the petition jointly with your spouse, you must file it during the 90-day period, before your conditional green card expires.
If you are filing the petition on your own, you may file it at any time after you were granted conditional residence.
In case your conditional green card has already expired, you will have to submit a written explanation and request USCIS to excuse the late filing.
You are also permitted to include your children if they were granted conditional residency within a 90 day period that you received this status.
You can file Form I-751 without your spouse too, under certain special conditions. We have discussed it in detail here.
You can check whether you have conditional residence by looking at your green card’s category.
‘CR1’ under the ‘Category’ section means that you are a conditional resident.
To determine the exact date your card expires, check the expiration date on your green card.
How to Fill Out Form I-751 (step-by-step instructions)You should always use the latest version of any USCIS immigration form to prepare your application, or USCIS will reject it.
The latest version of Form I-751 can be downloaded here.
The petition must be properly signed and filed. USCIS will not accept a stamped or typewritten name in place of a signature.
If you submit a document in a foreign language, you must also submit a full English translation, along with a certification from the translator verifying that the translation is complete and accurate, and that they are competent to translate from the foreign language to English.
Submit all the necessary evidence and supporting documentation, at the time of filing according to USCIS instructions.
Submit only legible photocopies of documents requested, unless the instructions specifically state that you must submit an original document.
NOTE: Submit photocopies ONLY.
If you submit original documents when not required or requested by USCIS, your original documents may not be returned to you.
Part 1: Information About You, the Conditional ResidentThis section mainly asks for basic personal information, like your name, marital status and other details about you.
Answer all questions fully and accurately.
If a question does not apply to you, type or print “N/A”, unless stated otherwise.
While some items are pretty self explanatory, others are not.
Item 7, Alien Registration Number: It is an identification number issued by the immigration authorities. You can find this number on your green card, where it’s labelled as “USCIS #”.
Item 9, USCIS Online Account Number: You will have this number only if you ever created an account online for some immigration-related purpose. It is not the same as the Alien Registration Number. Leave it blank, if you don’t have one.
Item 12, Place of Marriage: You will enter the name of the city or state where you were married.
Part 2: Biographic InformationIn this section, you will need to provide your biographical information.
Choose the option that most accurately describes your race and ethnicity.
USCIS Categories and Definition for:Hispanic or Latino: A person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race.
White: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa.
Asian: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent including, for example, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippine Islands, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Black or African American: A person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa.
American Indian or Alaska Native: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of North and South America (including Central America).
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands.
Height: Select the values that best match your height in feet and inches.
Weight: Enter your weight in pounds.
Part 3: Basis for PetitionIn this section, you need to tell more about the basis on which you are filing the petition.
Check either of the options “1.a” or “1.b”, if you are filing the petition jointly with your spouse or parent, for your permanent residency.
Check any of the other options, if you are filing the petition on your own, checking the appropriate box to explain why your spouse will not file with you.
Part 4: Information about the U.S. Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident SpouseThis section requires basic information about the sponsoring spouse, who helped the immigrant obtain the U.S. conditional permanent resident status.
Part 5: Information about Your ChildrenYou can skip this part, if you do not have children.
If you have a child, make sure to check the ‘yes’ box in Item 5.
Doing so, you would not need to file a separate I-751 for your child.
Part 6: Accommodation for Individuals with Disabilities and ImpairmentsIn this section, you can make USCIS aware of any disabilities or impairments you might have and request an accommodation at your interview.
Examples include but are not limited to:
If you are deaf or hard of hearing, USCIS may provide you with a sign-language interpreter at an interview or other immigration benefit-related appointment,
If you are blind or have low vision, USCIS may permit you to take a test orally rather than in writing, or
If you are unable to travel to a designated USCIS location for an interview, USCIS may visit you at your home or a hospital.
Part 7: Petitioner’s Statement, Contact Information, Acknowledgment of Appointment at USCIS Application Support Centre, Certification, and SignatureYou are required to provide your contact information in this section.
This will help USCIS to follow up with you, if required.
Indicate if an interpreter helped you to complete this petition.
If applicable, select the box to indicate if someone helped you to prepare this petition for you.
You must also affirm that you have read and understood the Acknowledgement of Appointment at USCIS Application Support Center.
Make sure to properly sign and date your petition and provide your contact details and email address (if any).
A stamped or typewritten name in place of a signature is not acceptable.
Who is the Petitioner in I-751?In this section, your immigrant spouse, parent or guardian will need to provide their personal information and sign it.
This section is quite similar to the previous section, except it will be signed by the individual listed in the Part 4 (“Information about the U.S. Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident Spouse”) of the petition.
Part 9: Interpreter’s Contact Information, Certification and SignatureIf you have used an interpreter to help you prepare the form, this section must be completed by your interpreter.
The interpreter must also certify that he or she has read the Acknowledgement of Appointment at USCIS Application Support Centre in Part 7 to you.
He/she must sign and date the petition.
Part 10: Information of Person Preparing this Petition, if not the PetitionerThis section asks for the information and signature of the person who completed your petition, if not you.
If the person helping you prepare your petition is an attorney or accredited representative, he/she must also submit a completed Form G-28, along with your petition.
Part 11: Additional InformationThis section is for any additional information you want to provide.
You can also make copies of this section, for extra space and file it with your petition.
Note: USCIS recommends you to save a copy of your completed petition to review in the future.
Don’t Forget to Sign Your Form!
Remember, USCIS will reject any unsigned form.
Form I-751 Checklist of Documents (How to Assemble I-751 Package)You must submit certain supporting documents, along with the Form I-751.
A copy of your current green card (front and back).
Copies of the green cards (front and back) of children included in your Form I-751 (if any).
Evidence of a happy and good faith marriage.
Evidence of your marital relationship gathered in the last two years. These documents include copies of leases or mortgages in both your names, copies of joint bank, or joint tax filings, credit card and utility statements or bills, copies of children’s birth certificates, or even family photographs and sworn affidavits from friends.
A court order indicating the name change, if you have got your name changed after marriage.
If you have ever been arrested, charged with a crime, or convicted, then you are required to provide copies of dispositions.
If you do not file your petition jointly, then you must submit evidence supporting your request. This could include your spouse’s death certificate; a finalized divorce decree; or official documentation showing that you or your children suffered domestic abuse. You must also provide enough evidence showing your marriage was “bona fide” (entered in good faith).
If you are filing your petition overseas due to military or government service, include 2 passport-style photographs, completed Form FD-258 fingerprint cards, and a copy of your current military or government orders. You will also need to write “ACTIVE MILITARY” or “GOVERNMENT ORDERS” on the top of your I-751.
How Long Does it Take Form I-751 to Get Approved?The actual processing time of Form I-751 could vary depending on the number of applications received and the USCIS office that will process your case.
The processing time could also depend on the accuracy of the information that you have provided.
Submitting an incomplete application can result in longer processing time.
You can find detailed information on the complete processing timeline for Form I-751 here.
You can check the status of your Form I-751 online using this link.
You can also check the processing time for the field office where you filed your form.
Where to Mail Form I-751?You must mail your completed and signed petition to one of USCIS offices, depending on the state of your residence.
You can find the corresponding mailing address here.
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