𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐚 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐠𝐫𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐜𝐚𝐫𝐝, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐰𝐡𝐲 𝐢𝐬 𝐢𝐭 𝐨𝐧𝐥𝐲 𝐠𝐨𝐨𝐝 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐰𝐨 𝐲𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐬?
A conditional resident is a U.S. citizen who obtains a green card through marriage to a U.S. citizen. This status is valid for two years and expires after two years. The couple must file Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence and provide supporting documents to prove their good faith marriage. After approval, the permanent resident and their children become lawful permanent residents with 10-year green cards.
𝐖𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐈 𝐟𝐢𝐥𝐞 𝐅𝐨𝐫𝐦 𝐈-𝟕𝟓𝟏 𝐭𝐨 𝐫𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐯𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐨𝐧 𝐦𝐲 𝐠𝐫𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐜𝐚𝐫𝐝?
Conditional residents have a two-year green card valid for 90 days. To remove conditions, they and their spouse must file Form I-751 within 90 days of the card’s expiration. The “two-year anniversary” refers to permanent resident status, not marriage. Form I-751 can be filed anytime before the expiration date.
𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐡𝐚𝐩𝐩𝐞𝐧𝐬 𝐢𝐟 𝐈 𝐝𝐨 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐟𝐢𝐥𝐞 𝐅𝐨𝐫𝐦 𝐈-𝟕𝟓𝟏 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧 𝟗𝟎 𝐝𝐚𝐲𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐦𝐲 𝐠𝐫𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐜𝐚𝐫𝐝 𝐞𝐱𝐩𝐢𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐝𝐚𝐭𝐞?
Failure to file Form I-751 before your green card expires can result in losing your resident status and removal from the US. If you fail to file due to no fault, you can file late with a written explanation and request an excuse from USCIS. If you have a compelling reason to file late, respond immediately and consider hiring an immigration attorney.