Hi there! I’m Attorney Hillary Walsh. I’m an immigration lawyer in the United States, and I want to help if you have been married to a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent citizen, and you have a conditional residency and a two-year probationary green card. What happens next?
If you have been married for less than two years, and you have been petitioned by your spouse, the most favorable outcome for you will likely be a two-year conditional residency. Then, within 90 days of the residency expiring, you can ask the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to remove the conditions and allow you a ten-year green card (residency).
The filing fee is $680 ($595 for the filing fee itself and $85 for the biometric fee to get your picture and fingerprints). The instructions and form are viewable in your language on USCIS’s website.
Common Scenarios Where You Could Remove the Conditions of Your Green Card
You can have certain conditions removed from your green card if:
- If your spouse petitioned for your residency, your lawful permanent residency card for two years is about to expire (or already expired before you could get your ten-year green card), or you lost your spouse
- If you were divorced or had your marriage annulled before you could have the conditions on your green card removed. So, your green card is either already expired or about to expire, and your relationship with the person who petitioned for you is non-marital. All this could become problematic if it isn’t dealt with properly
- If you were battered or if your spouse/parent was especially cruel to you
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If You Are Still Married
If you are still married, it’s necessary for you to file with your partner within 90 days of your green card’s expiration. On USCIS’s website, the evidence you present must show that you got married for reasons other than immigration purposes.
If You Are No Longer Married
If, for some reason, you need to file by yourself (you’re divorced/ing, you lost your spouse, or your spouse battered you), it’s okay if you’re outside the 90-day window. However, you should still consider reaching out to our legal team. If you wait too long to remove certain conditions from your green card, your U.S. residency could be in danger.
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If You Have Children
You can use Form I-751 to remove residence conditions for your children, too. If your dependent kids received their conditional status when you received yours (or within 90 days afterward), all you have to do is add their personal details and supporting documents to the form you’re filing for yourself. There will be additional biometric fees for each of your children.
If your kids received their conditional status over 90 days after you received your conditional status, you’d have to file a separate Form I-751. There will be a filing fee as well as multiple biometric fees for your children.
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If You Don’t File on Time
If, for whatever reason, you don’t file Form I-751 before your card expires, you may lose your residency status. In this case, you may be deported from the U.S. An immigration lawyer from our firm can help you file on time.
A Real-Life Case
One of our clients was a young woman who had married a U.S. citizen and received a conditional, probationary green card. She had escaped domestic violence, and after the expiration of her lawful permanent residency, she didn’t know who to turn to.
She happened to reach out to us and had a strategic session with a member of our team. Afterward, we helped her send out the petition for her ten-year green card–– even though she had cut contact with her spouse who originally petitioned for her.
About Our Firm
If you’d like assistance getting the conditions on your green card removed, we can help you complete and file Form I-751. We’ll follow all necessary deadlines, review all paperwork for completion and accuracy, and submit the strongest possible application. We’ll do everything possible, so you can get your standard green card and enjoy all the benefits that come with it.
You or a loved one might find some of our many other services helpful, too. For example, we can appeal any immigration or residency-related decisions you disagree with. If anyone in your family is under threat of deportation, we may be able to prevent it from happening.
Since our immigration law team has had immigration and residency-related issues first-hand, we empathize with your situation and want to help you in every way we can.
What To Expect from Your Strategic Session
Your strategic session is your opportunity to learn about your options and consult with our team about your case. We’re eager to listen to your story and pursue what you need. You can ask us any questions during this conversation, including what you can expect from the legal process.
We’re ready to take your call whenever you’re ready. There is no obligation to partner with us when you call. This is just an opportunity for you to explore partnering with our immigration lawyers.
Reach Out to Us at New Frontier Immigration Law
Our team can help you get the conditions on your residency removed so you can get your standard green card with ten years residency. If this is your goal or if you need any of our other services, contact us at New Frontier Immigration Law. We’re ready to pursue the life you’ve always dreamed of.