Form I-751 Processing Time
What Happens After Filing Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence
If you are a condition resident, you'll file Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence, during the 90 days proceeding your two-year green card anniversary. Once approved, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) mails out a 10-year green card. You're officially a lawful permanent resident. Naturally, you want to know how long it takes throughout the Form I-751 processing time line and what happens in the different steps.
Although the steps that take place are fairly consistent, the I-751 processing time will vary significantly based on USCIS case load, the USCIS office where you filed, and your ability to properly file an accurately prepared I-751 petition package. The following outline describes the basic steps of the I-751 time line for most people.
Receipt of PetitionAPPROXIMATELY 4 TO 6 WEEKS AFTER FILING
This I-797C 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. Together, you'll be able to reenter the U.S. after travel abroad, accept employment, or anything else that you could do with a normal green card.
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Appointment Notice for BiometricsAPPROXIMATELY 6 TO 8 WEEKS AFTER FILING
Next, you will receive an appointment notice that assigns your biometrics appointment date, time and location. (The location will generally be the USCIS Application Support Center nearest you.) USCIS requires petitioners to be fingerprinted for the purpose of conducting a security clearance and criminal background check. Don’t be alarmed — All petitioners must have background checks.
Biometrics AppointmentAPPROXIMATELY 7 TO 10 WEEKS AFTER FILING
- Passport or national photo identification issued by your country
- Driver’s license
- Military photo identification
- State-issued photo identification card