Step-by-Step Guide on Removing of Conditions on Green Card
A person's permanent residence status will be conditional if it is based on a marriage that was less than two years old on the day they were given permanent residence. These are the following steps you must take to remove the conditions on your Green Card.
When to file:If you are filing jointly, the I-751 form must be filed within the 90 days before the expiration date on your conditional permanent residence card. Note that, despite the fact that you may see word "anniversary" used in a confusing way regarding the filing date for removal of conditions, your wedding date is completely irrelevant to determining the window of time during which you may file for removal of conditions. It is very important to file the I-751 within the correct window of time, and be sure not to file it before the 90-day window. If you file it too early, they will send your application back. You may file at any time during the 90 day window, but it is prudent to file fairly early in the window.
Assembling the I-751 Petition1. Payment as required by USCIS. Use a personal check so you can track the payment. Money Orders are also accepted. Read the Guide to Paying USCIS Immigration Fees.
2. Cover Sheet
3. Form I-751, Petition to Remove the Conditions on Residence
4. Copy of the Green Card (Front and Back) for the person filing to remove conditions (and any K2 children)
5. Evidence of Bona fide Relationship (see below)
Evidence of Your Bona fide Marital RelationshipA crucial part of filing this form is that you present evidence of your bona fide marital relationship, as your removal of conditions is based upon your marriage. There are a variety of documentations that you may submit. While the USCIS instructions for the I-751 say that evidence should cover the entire period from your marriage up to the present date, there is no need to repeat evidence that you already submitted to them earlier. Many couples submit no evidence whatsoever covering the period before their first interview. In any case, it's helpful to concentrate on the evidence that has developed since they last interviewed you.
1. A deed, showing co-ownership of your property or a lease agreement with both of your names on the lease.
2. Utility bills, credit card bills, and other types of bills which have both of your names on them. Since many utilities will only put a bill in one person's name, some bills in one name and other bills at the same address but in the other spouse's name serve the same purpose: showing your financial & social lives intermingled.
3. Copies of actual credit cards, health insurance cards, or other "joint" cards that you have together, showing same account number.
4. Car, health, or life insurance that has both of your names on the policy or the other spouse listed as the beneficiary.
After you mail the petitionYou may or may not be called for an interview after you submit this form. Procedures have been in flux for the past year or so regarding biometrics collections (fingerprints, and photo). Simply follow the instructions that you receive from USCIS. If you are selected for an interview, it will be at your local USCIS office, not at the service center. Most typically, you have already had a biometrics appointment before your notice of approval, and your new Green Card will be mailed to you. However, you should follow all directions received from USCIS. I-751 cases are generally completed in 6-12 months, currently. Once you receive the 10-year green card, it should be renewed every 10 years, if you do not become a U.S. citizen in the interim.