What Happens after Submitting Your I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence?
Receipt Notice/Extension Letter
Within three weeks after submitting your I-751 application, USCIS will send a receipt notice by mail affirming receipt of your application and fees. This receipt notice will also serve as an extension of your permanent resident status for 18 months from the expiration date indicated on your permanent resident card. It will come with a ten-digit receipt number that you can use to check the status of your case.
Your receipt notice will serve as sufficient evidence of permanent residence even after the expiration of your permanent resident card. You may present your I-751 receipt notice in lieu of your expired green card to travel and obtain employment.
Within about 4 weeks of filing, USCIS will mail a Biometrics Appointment Notice with the date, time, and location of your appointment. Your appointment notice will also provide details on what you will need to bring. During this appointment you will provide your fingerprints, photograph, and signature. You must attend this appointment. The appointments are normally less than 30 minutes.
Not all I-751 applicants must attend an interview, but some will. If the officer is completely satisfied with the application and evidence as submitted, the officer may approve without an interview. This is why providing sufficient evidence to support your I-751 application is so important, especially when submitting your I-751 based on a waiver.
If you are required to attend an interview you will receive an Interview Appointment Notice with the date, time, and location of your interview. You must attend your interview. Should you be asked to attend an interview, preparation counsel from an experienced attorney prior to the interview is recommended.
If you would like to contact our firm for legal counsel concerning your I-751, or any other immigration matter, call us at 321-325-1125.
Petition to Remove Conditions Granted and Green Card Issued
Currently, processing times for I-751 applications generally range from 18-24 months. If your I-751 is approved, you would have successfully removed the conditions from your residence, and you will receive a 10-year green card.
Petition to Remove Conditions Denied
If your I-751 application is denied, USCIS will have terminated your residence status and you will likely be placed in deportation proceedings. If you receive a denial notice it is important that you see an immigration attorney immediately.
You may refile your application with improved supporting documents before being placed in removal proceedings, or your attorney may help you essentially appeal your I-751 denial to an immigration judge or determine a different case strategy while you are in deportation proceedings.
To contact our firm about a case strategy call us at 321-325-1125.