If a couple has been married for less than two years at the time residency is granted, the noncitizen will acquire conditional residence (CR) and will be required to later remove this condition. A conditional resident may remove the condition on permanent residence by jointly filing a petition (Form I-751) with the U.S. citizen spouse within a 90-day period prior to the expiration of the second-year anniversary of the grant of conditional residence.
The filing process may be complicated. Be sure to read the instructions, pay the removal of conditions fee, and check the status of your case at any time on the USCIS website. To ensure that everything goes smoothly and there are no delays, we encourage you to reach out to a skilled green card lawyer in Los Angeles before filing.
Carefully read the instructions -- an incorrect package may result in delays. To file:
When USCIS gets your form, you will receive a receipt notice as a confirmation. If applicable, you may expect information regarding a biometric appointment, a notice to appear for an interview, and finally, a notice of decision.
The fee for I-751 is $595. Also keep in mind that a biometric appointment, is also required, costing $85. Each of your conditional resident dependents listed on the form is required to pay $85 each for their biometric service.
Accepted forms of payment are by check or money order from financial institutions located in the United States. If you are outside the U.S. contact your nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate for guidance on acceptable methods of payment.
In the event that the noncitizen spouse is unable to jointly file Form I-751, they may file for a waiver of the joint-filing requirement. There are 3 types of waivers that may be used.
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