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The importance of removing green card conditions

On Behalf of | Nov 18, 2022 | Immigration

If you’re a married immigrant living in Florida with your spouse, you may have a conditional green card. You should know how to apply for the removal of the conditions.

The meaning of a conditional green card

A conditional green card allows you to work and live in the United States. The card is valid for two years. You’ll lose your resident status if you fail to remove the conditions within 90 days of your card expiring. Removing the conditions means you obtain a 10-year green card and permanent residency in the United States.

Apply for removal of conditions

Complete Form I-751 to file a petition to remove conditions. Remember to file the petition during the 90-day period before your conditional card expires. Filing early will get your petition returned, and filing late will earn you a denial.

Additional requirements for filing Form I-751

No matter which spouse is the immigrant in need of the removal of conditions, both spouses must complete and sign Form I-751. You’ll also have to present evidence that your marriage is legitimate. Evidence includes things such as family photos, joint financial accounts and children.

You might also have to complete an interview with a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officer. If the evidence you submit convinces the immigration officer your marriage is legitimate, the officer can waive the interview.

Your fees will include a $595 fee to file and an $85 fee for biometrics to confirm your identity.

Filing status

Check the status of your application by entering your receipt number into the US Citizenship and Immigration Services case status page. If your Form I-751 is denied, you’ll receive an explanation in the mail.