The I-751 petition is used by conditional permanent residents that obtained status through marriage to convert to 10-year green card holders.
USCIS issues certain permanent residents a conditional green card which is valid for a two-year period. The conditions must be removed at the end of this period.
Generally, you must file Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence, within the 90-day period before your conditional residence expires. There are exceptions.
As a matter of law, a conditional resident and spouse must appear in-person for an interview after filing Form I-751. But not every applicant must attend an interview.
In many cases you may have more information than can fit into the standard space provided on Form I-751. This is especially common for previous address history.
When a spouse won't sign Form I-751, it doesn't automatically mean that the conditional resident will lose his or her permanent residence in the United States.
If your conditional green card expired and you have not filed Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence, your conditional permanent residence has most likely expired.
CitizenPath has created an I-751 sample cover letter to help you file your I-751 petition. Use this example as a guide and customize it to your situation.
Processing times for Form I-751 vary, but USCIS generally makes a decision on most cases within one year of receiving the I-751 petition.
As a conditional resident, you are free to travel abroad just like any other lawful permanent resident. But there are some things you should understand first.
Filing Form I-751 is a critical step for a conditional resident to become a 10-year green card holder. But petitioners should not overlook the importance of the documents that should be sent with Form I-751.