Understanding removal of conditions and your marriage green card

On Behalf of | Oct 20, 2022 | Immigration Explained

When coming to the United States, there are multiple immigration laws and requirements you must know and meet. One of these is the removal of conditions. 

Removal of conditions applies to those married less than two years after their green card or visa was approved. During this time, you receive a green card that is “conditional.” As a result, it’s valid for just two years. 

To have this condition removed, you must apply for the Removal of Conditions. If approved, you receive a 10-year green card and are classified as a permanent resident of the U. S. 

Limitations of conditional green cards

If you have been issued a conditional green card, you have the right to live and work in the United States. However, this card expires after two years and cannot be renewed. 

Those who don’t adjust for the removal of conditional status within 90 days of their conditional green card expiring will be required to leave the U.S. and lose their permanent resident status. You know you are a conditional resident if the letters “CR1” appear on your green card. 

Applying for a Removal of Conditions

You must complete Form I-751 to receive a permanent green card. Important notes and requirements about the application include:

  • You have just a 90-day window to apply
  • It’s a joint petition for you and your spouse
  • You must provide evidence that your marriage is real
  • You must pay fees of $685 for filing and biometrics

Your application may be denied if you don’t fill out the application within 90 days or don’t provide adequate documentation that your marriage is real. 

You must undergo this process if you wish to remain in the U.S. with your spouse. Knowing your legal rights will help with this process.