Q. What is condition removal? What does it mean?

A. Your initial green card is valid only for 2 years.

 

You are required to file an application to remove conditions within 90 days from the expiration date of your 2-year conditional permanent residence. Upon approval, you will receive a 10-year permanent resident card. (green card). After that, you will need to renew your green card only every 10 years.

Q. What is the qualifications to apply to remove conditions?

A. The basic eligibility criteria is that you are still married to the same U.S. citizen or permanent resident after 2 years of issuance. 

You need to demonstrate that you have lived and married with the same U.S. citizen or permanent resident for the last 2 years. 

Q. What if I am separated or divorced from the spouse? Can I still apply for condition removal?

A. Yes, there are other eligibility criteria. You can apply for condition removal if you 

  • Are a child and, for a valid reason, cannot be included in your parents’ application;

  • Are a widow or widower who entered into your marriage in good faith;

  • Entered into a marriage in good faith, but the marriage ended through divorce or annulment; or

  • Entered into a marriage in good faith, but either you or your child were battered or subjected to extreme hardship by your U.S.-citizen or permanent-resident spouse.

Q. How long does it take to receive a 10-year green card?

A. It currently takes approximately 14-27.5 months in California as of June 2020. Depending on where you are located, it could take shorter or longer time.

Q. If not approved prior to the expiration date on my green card, am I allowed to stay in the United States lawfully?

A. Yes, once USCIS receives your application to remove conditions, they will issue you a receipt notice which automatically extends your permanent resident card for another 18 months.

Q. Are we going to have another interview?

A. Yes and no. Some of my clients received their 10-year green card without having another interview, while others had to attend their interviews. Depending on the quantity and quality of your proof to satisfy the eligibility criteria, USCIS could request an interview for you to attend.

Q. How much is the filing fee?

A. $680.00 (filing fee $595 + biometric service fee $85)

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