My conditional green card expired. What should I do?

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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. Without a valid immigration status, immigration enforcement has the authority to remove you from the United States.

I filed Form I-751 Successfully

If you successfully filed Form I-751, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will generally mail you a receipt letter within 4-6 weeks. The receipt letter is formally known as Form I-797C, Notice of Action. The receipt letter has a receipt number to track your case. But the letter will also extend your conditional residence for an additional 18 months while USCIS reviews your case. To prove your conditional resident status, you’ll need to carry your expired green card and the receipt letter. Used together, they function like a normal green card. If the letter expires, contact USCIS to request a new letter.

Expired Conditional Green Card

If you didn’t file Form I-751 and your conditional green card expired, don’t wait for immigration officials to contact you. It’s best to proactively seek the advice of an immigration attorney that can guide you through the process of getting you back into a lawful status.

Filing Form I-751 Late

In certain circumstances you may be able to file Form I-751 on your own even after the conditional green card expired. If you failed to file the I-751 petition through no fault of your own, you may file late with a written explanation and request that USCIS excuse the late filing. Failure to file before the expiration date may be excused if you demonstrate when you submit the petition that the delay was due to extraordinary circumstances beyond your control and the length of the delay was reasonable.

If you do have a compelling reason to file late, you should respond immediately. And you should consider contacting an immigration attorney that can guide you through this process.

Source: USCIS