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Sample Cover Letter – I-751 Joint Petition to Remove Conditions on Permanent Residence
USCIS P.O. BOX 21200 Phoenix, AZ 85036
July 27, 2019
Re: I-751 joint petition to remove conditions of status on:
Manisha Devi Agrawal: A 123-456-7890 Jay Agrawal: A 123-456-7891
Dear Sir or Madam:
Enclosed you will find a JOINT Form I-751, Petition for Removal of Conditions of Permanent Resident Status, for my wife, Manisha Devi Agrawal, and her son, Jay Agrawal. My wife and her son entered the U.S. on an immediate relatives immigrant visa.
I am enclosing the following:
- Application fee – $595
- Copy of USCIS Form I-551 (Permanent Resident Card)
- 2 photographs
[REPLACE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS WITH YOUR UNIQUE ONES]
- Copy of our joint U.S. tax return for the year 2018
- Copy of a recent statement from our stock broker at Merrill Lynch
- Copy of the tax statement for 2018 that we received for our joint checking account at Bank of America
- Copy of the title of our car, showing joint ownership
- Copy of our credit cards (MasterCard) showing a joint account
- Copy of our health insurance cards showing a joint policy
- Copy of our Costco Club cards on a joint account
- Copy of our airline reservations for a vacation that we have planned in January 2020
We are all happily living together and request that this petition be accepted for removal of conditions on the residence of my wife, Manisha Devi Agrawal, and her son, Jay Agrawal.
Copies of documents submitted are exact photocopies of unaltered documents, and I agree to submit original documents to an Immigration or Consular officer at a later date, if required. You are always welcome to visit our home should you ever desire to do so.
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How to Write an I-751 Cover Letter - Sample & Tips
An I-751 is a petition to remove the conditions on their residence that are usually placed there due to an individual's marriage to a United States citizen. The petitioner is noted as a conditional resident by virtue of this marriage.
Included with the rest of the I-751 documents, you may wish to place a cover letter for I-751 petitioning. In this article, we'll include a sample cover letter for I-751, removal of conditions petitioning, as well as a few tips on structure and what to include in the cover letter .
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I-751 Cover Letter Sample (Text)
Below you'll find an easy-to-edit template sample of an I-751 cover letter that would be written by one spouse (the petitioner) on behalf of their spouse and child.
Month Day, Year (Insert USCIS centre address where you're filling the petition) Re: Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence for: (Name of immigrant K-1 visa spouse), (Alien registration number) (Name of immigrant K-2 visa child), (Alien registration number)
Dear USCIS Officer,
I am writing to inform you of the attached joint I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence for my immigrant wife, (insert full name of wife), and our daughter, (insert full name of child). My wife came to the United States on a K-1 visa, and our daughter on a K-2 visa. We married shortly after her arrival, as we had been unable to do so previously, and have remained living together happily as a family with our daughter. We very respectfully request that this I-751 petition be accepted to remove the conditions of residence for (full name of wife) and (full name of child).
Enclosed is a completed I-751 petition form, along with several other documents listed here:
- A check for (fee amount in USD).
- Copies of the permanent resident cards for (insert wife's full name) and (insert child's full name).
- A copy of our marriage certificate.
- A copy of our joint occupancy rental agreement for the residence my wife (insert wife's full name) and I reside in with our daughter, (insert child's full name).
- A copy of our child's birth certificate.
- Copies of our tax statements for the last 3 years （insert year range in brackets）.
- Copies of recent bank statements from our joint checking and savings accounts.
- A letter from my life insurance company, （insert company's name）, showing that the designated beneficiaries are my wife and child.
- A copy of the joint ownership title to our car.
- A copy of our most recent join account credit card statement.
- Three sworn affidavits by close friends of United States citizenship, attesting to our happy relationship and marriage.
- Family photographs from several occasions over the last 3 years, including （list occasions and dates） We respectfully request that the interview usually required for the I-751 petition be waived under consideration of the evidence enclosed and in accordance to 8 CFR §216.4(b)(1).
Thank you for your consideration.
Yours sincerely, （sign your name） （print your full name）
Structure of an I-751 cover letter
The structure of an I-751 cover letter should go a little like this:
- Date ("Month Day, Year").
- United States Citizenship and Immigration Services centre filling address.
- Subject line ("Re: Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence for:"), note full name of immigrant K-1 spouse and full name of K-2 child.
- Salutation ("Dear USCIS Officer,").
- Explanation of why you're writing to the USCIS, including the full names of your spouse and child(ren).
- Note which documents are included in the document package with the I-751 petition.
- Request that the interview be waived if applicably possible.
- Thank the USCIS Officer for their time.
- Closing salutation.
- Print your full name.
Tips for Writing I-751 Cover Letter
In case you're still feeling a little lost while writing your Form I-751 cover letter, here are a few useful tips:
- If you aren't filing with a child, you don't need to mention your children.
- Remain respectful throughout the I-751 cover letter.
- Include brief details that show a good relationship between you and your immigrant spouse.
- Include photographs as evidence.
- Remember to include the alien registration number if your spouse (and child, if applicable) has one. Not everyone has an alien registration number.
- Make sure your marriage looks as legitimate as possible.
- Always sign and date your I-751 cover letter.
- When mentioning a person, note their full name as shown on their birth certificate or any marriage documents.
It's vital that a Form I-751 cover letter is properly written to show USCIS officers that you are in a committed relationship with your spouse. With our easy-to-edit template sample cover letter for I-751, Removal of Conditions petition, you should be well on your way to finishing the document packet and being able to file your I-751 with no issues.
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Sample Cover for I-751 Package
By BostonChick January 8, 2007 in Removing Conditions on Residency General Discussion
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I thought I'd contribute to the board by posting a sample cover letter. I have always used a cover letter when submitting a bunch of documents and have found that the recipient usually appreciates the effort. Obviously, you may think it doesn't add value to the application, but for those that do - here you go.
[sender's address here]
USCIS Vermont Service Center
75 Lower Welden Street
St. Albans, VT 05479-0001
January 5, 2007
Re: Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence
Dear Sir (Madam),
Attached please find my petition to remove conditions on residence consisting of the following documentation:
• Form I-751
• Money order ($205)
• Two (2) passport photos
• Copy of green card
• Copy of passport
Additionally, please find enclosed the following documents as evidence of the relationship with my husband, [insert name]
• Joint checking account evidence
Bank statements (Month 1, Month 2)
• Joint savings account evidence
• Joint tax filing status evidence
Official tax transcripts for Year 1 and Year 2
• Joint benefits evidence
401(k) plan beneficiary forms
Health insurance forms
• Joint residence evidence
• Address change information
• Family photos
Please do not hesitate to contact me, should you need any further evidence. I hope you will consider my petition favorably.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Adjustment of Status (AOS)
District: Boston, MA
June 2004: Got married!
Aug 2004: Dropped off AOS/EAD/AP package
Nov 2004: Received AP and EAD
March 30, 2005: AOS INTERVIEW
Conditional Permanent Resident since 3/30/05
Removal of Conditions
Vermont Service Center
Dec 30, 2006: Window for filing I-751 opens
Jan 12, 2006: Sent I-751 package Priority Certified Mail to Vermont Service Center
Jan 16, 2007: I-751 package arrives in Vermont
Jan 19, 2007: $275 check cashed
Feb 20, 2007: Biometrics appointment '
Jul 11, 2007: Permanent residence approved!
THE COUNTDOWN FOR US CITIZENSHIP HAS BEGUN!
Service Center: VERMONT (VSC)
Local Office: Boston
Jan 3, 2008: Window for filing N-400 opens
Jan - May: Document collection
May 6, 2008: Mailed N-400 Application package, regular mail with delivery confirmation
May 8, 2008: Your item was delivered at 1:55 PM on May 8, 2008 in SAINT ALBANS, VT 05479
May 16, 2008: $300 Check cashed
May 21, 2008: NOA1 date (received on May 28 in the mail)
May 23, 2008: NOA2 date (fingerprinting)
June 6, 2008: Biometrics appt in Boston
July 3, 2008: Interview letter received
Aug 27, 2008: INTERVIEW APPT!!!!!!!!
I cannot wait!!!
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I pretty much copied the sample that was in the filing guide, but here's mine if anyone wants to see...i think this is a good idea to post them in case someone would like to see a sample:
January 8, 2007
USCIS Texas Service Center
P.O. Box 850965
Mesquite, TX 75185-0965
RE: I-751 JOINT PETITION TO REMOVE CONDITIONS OF STATUS ON:
(husband's name and A#)
Dear USCIS Examiner:
Enclosed please find a Joint I-751 petition for removal of conditions of permanent resident status regarding my husband, (husband's name). Please also find a check for $275.00, the fee for this form. We have been happily living together and request that this petition be accepted for removal of conditions on the residence of my husband.
Enclosed also please find the following documents to verify the status of our marriage and ongoing relationship:
· Copy of passport and visa
· Copy of green card (front and back)
· Copy of I-797C, Notice of Action
· Copy of Marriage License
· Summary of Insurance Benefits and Insurance cards showing joint policy
· Original letters written by friends attesting to our relationship and marriage
· Copies of envelopes/card addressed to both of us
· Copies of bank statements showing joint account ownership
· Copy of visa credit cards showing a joint account
· Copies of Federal and State Tax Returns filed jointly for 2005
Please feel free to contact any of the sources of enclosed documentation for validity. Please advise me if you have any further questions or concerns related to this petition.
Ok..here's my timeline of sorts:
October 15, 2004: went to India
October 17, 2004: got engaged
October 23, 2004: got married!!!!
Dec. 22, 2004: went to U.S. Embassy, New Delhi-told to come back 9am the next morning
Dec. 23, 2004: filed I-130 at Delhi embassy
Jan 12, 2005: I came back to the U.S. :-(
Jan. 13, 2005: my husband went to Mumbai embassy personally to get packet 3
Jan. 15, 2005: sent out forms from packet 3
around the 2nd week of Feb: received interview date!!!! MARCH 18!!!!!
Feb. 16, 2005: sent out I-864 and other ppwk to my husband via DHL
Feb 20, 2005:[/ color] husband received DHL pkg
end of Feb/beginning of March: went for medical
March 18, 2005 @ 7:30am: INTERVIEW!!!!!!!!!! Got Visa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
March 27, 2005: my husband comes to the U.S.!!!!!!
April 9, 2005: Husband received his greencard!
April 20, 2005: Went to Social Security office to change my name and also applied for my husband's SS card since it hadn't arrived yet
April 29, 2005: Recieved both Social Security Cards!
New rules, folks. You don't send pictures.
Velvettt, can you clarify the new rule, please? I wasn't aware. To the previous poster - thanks for sharing your letter. There are a couple of some really good points in it.
thanks guys for posting this
Lord blessed be Your name!
NOA 1 - March 31 2004
NOA 2 - July 7
to Manila - July 30
called embassy for interview date - Aug 17
Recvd K packet - Aug 24
CFO - Sept 7
Medical - Sept 15 & 16
Interview - Oct 8
Visa on hand - Oct 13 YES! thank You God!
POE - October 23
AOS & EAD:
Marriage at the beautiful St. Croix U.S. Virgin Islands - Nov 6
SSN - Nov 29
State ID - Dec 1
AOS & EAD applied for - Dec. 6
NOAs for AOS & EAD - recvd mail on Dec 15 but receipt date is Dec 8
got TD shot for AOS - Dec. 15 paid $15
passd written exam for DL- Jan 03 2005
Biometrics for EAD & AOS - Jan 10
Biometrics AGAIN (???) - Feb 2
EAD recved - Jan 29
recved AOS interview letter - march 2
AOS interview - april 27 SUCCESS!! Thank You so much God! You never fail.
welcome to America letter - may 2
recvd "green" card - may 5 2005
got driver's license - may 20
lifting of conditions on GC - jan 31 2007
NOA date - february 06
recvd NOA - february 26
recvd biometrics apptmnt letter - march 2
biometrics appt - march 12
sent N-400: february 25, 2008
recved: february 27
priority date: february 27
notice date: march 4
recved NOA1: march 6
recved biometrics letter: march 10
biometrics: march 19
intrvw letter rec'd: april 3
intrvw: may 13 - APPROVED!
Oath - Sept. 17
US Passport - Sept 26
Go to the USCIS website and download the I-751 form. It's the newest one, dated 8/06, and in the 4 page instructions, it tells you that pictures are now done by THEM at the same time as your fingerprinting.
- 8 years later...
Here I am in 2015 looking up sample cover letters to use in proofing the one we have written and this thread was near the top of the list when searching for "751 cover letter".
For anyone who might be new to this or, like myself, come across this old thead, there is no requirement that you send no photos. A photograph of the petitioner will be taken at the biometrics interview. This does nothing to prove a relationship. If you want to send a vacation photo of your family in front of the Alamo, it could only further verify the validity of the reciept showing that you had 3 people in your room at the hotel located across the street from the land mark location. (a personal example)
The price has certainly changed and the address is also different.
I am guessing that this was the first one I opened because this was such a well written cover letter example.
Thank you again to everyone who has traveled this road before us and taken the time to share their experiences and information.
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Oh yeah--I meant to add:
On the lower back of each page submitted, we included my husbands name and the number from his greencard.
I have worked in a bureaucratic machine for many years and it is a NIGHTMARE putting things back together when you drop a folder that explodes all over the floor. It is the worst nightmare when it is a group of folders....
I don't see how this can hurt but it might be helpful if one of our documents flies off a desk or whatever and needs to get back to where it belongs.
(To do it, we simply typed it in a document to print and loaded the printer to get them all at once and re-ran them through the printer. )
Also, I posted a thread years ago when I bought a new printer for this process--we got the HP Photosmart. We are still loving it and it is still producing super-sharp documents. The inks are reasonably priced and I'd happily buy from the same model-family again.
Ms Hogan 295
This thread should probably just be closed since the samples are outdated and not accurate anymore.
USCIS - 40 DAYS 2012-10-30: FedEx delivered I-130 to Chicago Lockbox Mail Room 2012-11-01: NOA1 by email - MSC 2012-11-02: $420 (x3) debited from our account 2012-11-05: NOA1 hard copies received, Priority Date 2012-10-30 2012-12-11: NOA2 NVC - 26 DAYS 2013-01-02: Rec'd case#, IIN, BIN & OPTIN emails for EP sent 2013-01-03: Submitted DS-261 (x3) 2013-01-07: AOS bills invoiced and paid & OPTIN for EP accepted for each of us 2013-01-08: AOS bills appear as paid & AOS packages sent by email 2013-01-08: IV bill invoiced & paid (kids' only) 2013-01-09: IV bill appears as paid (kids' only) 2013-01-09: IV Package emailed & DS-260 submitted online (kids only) 2013-01-11: AOS received -notified by email 2013-01-11: IV bill invoiced & paid (for me) 2013-01-14: IV bill appears as paid (for me) 2013-01-14: IV Supporting Docs received for kids - notified by email 2013-01-14: IV Package emailed & DS-260 submitted online (me only) 2013-01-18: IV Supporting Docs received for me - notified by email 2013-01-18: Son#1 CASE COMPLETE - Son#2 checklist - saying $ on I-864 don't match tax return (but they do)-resubmitted 2013-01-23: AOS 2nd submission for Son #2 received - notified by email 2013-01-25: My CASE COMPLETE 2013-01-28: ALL 3 OF OUR CASES ARE NOW COMPLETE 2013-02-06: Packet 4 Received by email
MEDICAL ~ CONSULATE ~ POE REMOVAL OF CONDITIONS - 160 DAYS NATURALIZATION 2013-02-13: Medicals 2014-12-17: Delivered to California Lockbox 2015-12-15: Delivered to Phoenix Lockbox 2013-03-06: Interview 2014-12-1 9: 1 I-751 + 3 Biometrics Fees debited from our account 2015-12-16: Fees charged to Credit Card 2013-03-08: Visas in-hand 2014-12- 22: Received NOA1 by mail. Receipt Date: 2014-12-17 2015-12-17: NOA 2013-03-12: Paid USCIS Immigrant Fee 2014-12-2 4: Received Biometrics Appointment Letter 2016-01-02: Biometrics Letter 2016-01-11: Biometrics 2013-03-14: POE 2015-01-06: Biometrics 2016-02-15: In Line for Interview 2016-02-19: Letter 2013-03-25: SSNs arrived 2015-05-27: Approved 2016-03-22: Interview 2013-04-01: Green Cards arrived 2015-06-03: New Green Cards arrived 2016-04-15: Oath Ceremony
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September 17, 2013: Mailed I-751 to CSC
September 23, 2013: Received NOA1 in mail (receipt date September 19th)
October 16, 2013: Biometrics Appointment
January 28, 2014: Production of new Green Card ordered
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Prove a Good Faith Marriage When Filing I-751
August 2, 2022 Replace/Renew Green Card
If you or your spouse recently became a conditional permanent resident through marriage, now is the time to begin documenting your life together. Don’t wait until it is time to file Form I-751 to prove you have a good faith marriage.
In the 90-day period that precedes the expiration of a two-year conditional green card, the conditional resident (and spouse when filing jointly) must file Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence . In addition to the form, the couple should submit evidence that supports the bona fides of the marriage. In other words, they must prove that it is a genuine, good faith marriage.
Even if you are filing with a waiver for the joint filing requirement (rather than jointly with your spouse), you will need to prove that your marriage was entered in good faither and not created to circumvent immigration laws.
Good Faith Marriage Explained
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) wants to make sure a marriage was entered for love, not for the sole purpose of obtaining a green card. A good faith marriage is one that is built on love and is entered with the intention of building a life together. USCIS can’t know what happens inside the privacy of your home. Therefore, USCIS will try to interpret the true intention of the marriage when reviewing your Form I-751 petition and supporting documentation.
A fraudulent or sham marriage, on the other hand, is when at least one of the parties of a marriage entered into the marriage for the purpose of circumventing immigration laws to falsely acquire immigration benefits.
Why Proving a Good Faith Marriage is Important
The burden of proving a bona fide, good faith marriage is on the petitioners. As the petitioners, it’s up to you to submit evidence of your mutual intent to establish a life together at the time of the marriage. There are severe consequences if USCIS determines that the marriage was entered into for the purposes of circumventing immigration laws. A finding of fraud will most likely bar the approval of subsequent petitions and have un-waivable immigration consequences far into the future.
Red Flags There Isn’t a Good Faith Marriage
According to the Adjudicators Field Manual (AFM), Section 21.3 , a guide used by USCIS officers to make determinations on immigration cases, there are several factors that could flag a case for possible marriage fraud. Some of these factors include:
- Large disparity of age;
- Inability of petitioner and beneficiary to speak each other’s language;
- Vast difference in cultural and ethnic background;
- Family and/or friends unaware of the marriage;
- Marriage arranged by a third party;
- Marriage contracted immediately following the beneficiary’s apprehension or receipt of notification to depart the United States;
- Discrepancies in statements on questions for which a husband and wife should have common knowledge;
- No cohabitation since marriage (although there can be valid reasons);
- Beneficiary is a friend of the family;
- Petitioner has filed previous petitions in behalf of aliens, especially prior alien spouses.
The existence of one of the above conditions is not a reason to deny Form I-751. It is simply an indicator for the USCIS officer to probe further. In other words, the officer will likely ask more questions. For example, it is not typical for a couple to have a 30-year age difference and not speak the same language. It is reasonable for the immigration officer to ask more questions about how this couple met and what keeps them together.
Documents to Prove Good Faith Marriage
A marriage certificate proves the legality of a marriage, but it doesn’t prove that the marriage is genuine for the purposes of starting a life together. USCIS wants to confirm that the marriage was entered in “good faith” and was not for the purpose of circumventing immigration laws. When filing Form I-751, you will also be asked to submit copies of as many documents as you can to establish this fact and to demonstrate the circumstances of the relationship from the date of marriage to the present date. The documents can include but are not be limited to the following examples:
Engagement & Wedding There are opportunities to document your relationship as early as the engagement. If you had a newspaper announcement for your engagement, include a copy. You may also document any of your wedding-related expenses. Examples of vendor receipts may include: reception hall (or restaurant), clergyman, caterers, florist, photographer/videographer, tuxedo rental, or the band/DJ. The receipt should name the couple being married. You might also include a copy of the wedding invitation.
- Child(ren) Born to the Marriage Submit photocopies of birth certificates for any children born to the marriage. Having children is not a requirement for having a valid marriage, but it is good evidence that a couple has started a life together and has intentions of staying together.
If you lease a home (or other property) together, the central document to include is the lease agreement. Prepare copies of the lease agreement that shows the names of both the conditional permanent resident and the spouse.
Even if you do not own property together, it is helpful to demonstrate that the home is jointly occupied. The lease agreement may hold one person financially responsible but indicate both individuals as tenants.
Other relevant documents to demonstrate that you are living together may include: utility bills (gas, electric, telephone, water, cable TV, internet, etc.), homeowner association (HOA) bills and repair records.
- Financial records Any documents showing that you have purchased things together (e.g., car, appliances, furniture, etc.), taken out a loan together or share equity in an account is useful. Examples may include: joint savings and checking accounts with transaction history, joint credit card statements, joint Federal and State tax returns, title of car showing joint ownership and other joint loans.
- Insurance If you have (or had) joint insurance policies that show the other spouse as the beneficiary, provide the copies of these records. All types of insurance are applicable: health, dental, disability, auto, life, home, and renter’s insurance. Examples may include the account opening records (e.g., application, quote, and enrollment form), policy, and bills/account statements. If you have many statements for the same policy/account, take a sampling of about 10 records that cover the longest period possible. (For example, use the first statement that husband/wife are named together and include the most recent.)
Travel Records If you have traveled together as a couple, provide evidence with travel records. Travel records are helpful to demonstrate that you vacation together and are especially useful if you traveled to the other spouse’s home to meet and spend time with family. Examples of travel records may include: airplane, train, rental car, or bus tickets, reservations, and boarding passes; hotel reservations and bills; and passports.
- Affidavits from Friends Affidavits help to support other types of evidence listed above. You may supply affidavits sworn to or affirmed by people who have known both of you since your conditional residence was granted and have personal knowledge of your marriage and relationship. (Such persons may be required to testify before an immigration officer as to the information contained in the affidavit.) The original affidavit must be submitted and also contain the following information regarding the person making the affidavit: his or her full name and address; date and place of birth; relationship to you or your spouse; and details explaining how the person acquired his or her knowledge. For more information, read How to Write an I-751 Affidavit Letter of Support .
- Photographs You may submit 10-20 photographs of the married couple together. Examples could include wedding photos, traveling, special events with family and friends, etc. (You should also hand write the place, names and dates on the back of photos.) Remember, the photos become more compelling evidence if they establish that you spend your lives together by attending family functions and socializing with community (e.g. religious, friends, schools, etc.).
Social Media Even social media can help you document your good faith marriage. After all, social media includes snippets of your life together, particular major life events. Demonstrating the couple’s participation in events together and interaction with a community of friends and family is especially helpful in establishing your good faith marriage. Examples may include: screen shots of Facebook pages, posts or messages from WhatsApp, Twitter and Instagram.
All of the evidence above is made more effective if it starts when the couple met and documents up to the present time. However, it’s most important to document the period since a green card was issued. But don’t limit yourself to the above documents. Include any other documents that you consider relevant to establish that your marriage was not entered for the purpose of evading U.S. immigration laws. When collecting your own documents, think about the activities and obligations that a typical married couple will experience. If you can provide evidence of these life events experienced together, you help to build your case of a good faith marriage.
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Prepare Form I-751 to Remove Conditions on Residence
As you can see, proving a good faith marriage starts well before you are required to file Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence . Once the conditional permanent resident is within 90 days of the green card expiring, he or she must file Form I-751. (If filing with a hardship waiver, there is more flexibility as to when Form I-751 should be filed.) Once approved, this petition will provide the foreign national with a 10-year permanent resident card (green card).
The average person does not require the expertise of an immigration attorney when filing to remove the conditions on a green card. However, anybody with a criminal history and/or immigration violations, should consult with an attorney before filing the Form I-751 petition. Likewise, anyone that will not be filing Form I-751 jointly with the spouse should also utilize an attorney for the best results.
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Note to Reader: This post was originally published on December 22, 2015, and has been modified with improvements.
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