This guide is intended for immigrants with conditional residency who are looking to remove the conditions of their residency.
An individual's permanent residence status is conditional if it is based on a marriage that was less than 2 years old on the day you were given permanent residence.
Generally, you may apply to remove your conditions on permanent residence if you:
Are still married to the same U.S. citizen or permanent resident after 2 years. You may include your children in your application if they received their conditional-resident status either at the same time or within 90 days as you did;
Are a child and, for a valid reason, cannot be included in your parents' application;
Are a widow or widower who entered into your marriage in good faith;
Entered into a marriage in good faith, but the marriage ended through divorce or annulment; or
Entered into a marriage in good faith, but either you or your child were battered or subjected to extreme hardship by your U.S.-citizen or permanent-resident spouse.
Filing Form I-751
Your status is conditional, because you must prove that you did not get married to evade the immigration laws of the United States. To remove these conditions you must file Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence. You and your spouse must apply together to remove the conditions on your residence by filing Form I-751. You should apply during the 90 days before your second anniversary as a conditional resident. The expiration date on your green card is also the date of your second anniversary as a conditional resident. If you do not apply to remove the conditions in time, you could lose your conditional resident status.
Delayed Filings Consequences
If you fail to properly file Form I-751 within the 90-day period before your second anniversary as a conditional resident:
Your conditional resident status will automatically be terminated and we will begin removal proceedings against you
You will receive a notice from us telling you that you have failed to remove the conditions
You will receive a Notice to Appear at a hearing. At the hearing you may review and rebut the evidence against you. You are responsible for proving that you complied with the requirements (we are not responsible for proving that you did not comply with the requirements)
Delayed Filing Remedy
The Form I-751 can be filed after the 90-day period if you can prove in writing to the director of the appropriate Service Center that there was good cause for failing to file the petition on time. The director has the discretion to approve the petition and restore your permanent resident status.
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