If you are married for less than two years at the time you receive your green card through your U.S.
Citizen spouse USCIS will grant you a conditional green card, which will be valid for two years. Failure to file the I-751 application will result in the termination of your green card and can result in removal proceedings being initiated by the USCIS.
You may apply to remove your conditions on permanent residence if you:
If the marriage has terminated or the sponsoring individual refuses to cooperate, you may also file for a waiver of the joint filing requirement. In such instances, you should definitely consider the services of an experienced immigration attorney.
If you are still married:
You and your spouse must apply together to remove the conditions on your residence. You must file Form I-751 with supporting documents ninety days before the expiration of your conditional green card.
If you file Form I-751 on time, USCIS will automatically extend your conditional resident status until a decision has been made on your application.
If You Are In Divorce Proceedings But Are Not Yet Divorced and:
If You Are No Longer Married or If You Have Been Battered or Abused:
You can apply to waive the joint filing requirement. In such cases, you may apply to remove the conditions on your permanent residence at any time after you become a conditional resident, but before you are removed from the country. You must provide evidence that removal from the United States would cause you extreme hardship.
You may request a waiver of the joint petitioning requirements if:
If You Are Late In Applying:
The Form I-751 can be filed after the 90-day period if you can prove in writing to the director of the appropriate Service Center that there was good cause for failing to file the petition on time. The director has the discretion to approve the petition and restore your permanent resident status.
Otherwise, if you fail to properly file Form I-751 within the 90-day period before your second anniversary as a conditional resident:
To learn more about your options contact our San Francisco law firm to speak with one of our immigration attorneys.