USCIS Extending Green Card Validity for Conditional Permanent Residents With Pending Form I-751

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Recently, USCIS announced that it would be extending the validity of Permanent Resident Cards for petitioners who properly file Form I-741, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence for 48 months past the card’s expiration date, effective January 25, 2023. As you may know, processing times for Form I-751 have increased over the past year, and this change has been implemented to accommodate this. It’s also worth noting that this same extension has been granted for petitioners who file Form I-829, Petition by Investor to Remove Conditions on Permanent Resident Status, effective January 23, 2023. If you would like to learn more about Form I-741, the extension, and what it may mean for your case, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our dedicated New York conditional green card lawyers today. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What is Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence?

The first thing you should understand is that conditional permanent resident status is only valid for two years and cannot be renewed if you received your conditional permanent resident status through marriage to a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, or were admitted to the United States as a fiance of a U.S. citizen and then married the U.S. citizen.

Essentially, Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence will remove conditions on a person’s residence and, from there, the individual should receive a 10-year green card, thereby making them a lawful permanent resident here in the United States.

How do I file this Form?

First, you will have to fill out the Form in its entirety. This will include personal information, information about your spouse and children, the basis for your petition, and more. You will also have to submit some supporting documentation, along with the Form. We strongly advise you to hire a seasoned attorney who can help you fill out this Form and submit all other necessary supporting documentation accurately and timely. Failing to do so can result in legal issues down the road.

If you have any additional questions about this Form or you’re looking to extend the validity of your Green Card past its expiration date in accordance with USCIS’ recent announcement, simply contact the Lightman Law Firm online today or pick up the phone and give us a call. We are here to help you in any way we can.