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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

18 months extension for conditional green card holders

Starting June 11, 2018, conditional  residents who file Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence, or Form I-829, Petition by Entrepreneur to Remove Conditions on Permanent Resident Status, will receive an 18-month extension of their green card.   

The extension is granted by the Form I-797 receipt notice issued by USCIS.   Previously extensions were granted for only 12 months.  The longer extension period is to accommodate the longer processing time for the Form I-751 and I-829 petitions. 




The current policy is to grant only that can be presented with their Form I-551, Permanent Resident Card, as evidence of continued status for 18 months past the expiration date on their Permanent Resident Card.



Additionally, we will issue new Form I-797 receipt notices to eligible conditional permanent residents whose Form I-751 or I-829 was still pending as of June 11, 2018. Those Form I-797 receipt notices will also serve as evidence of continued status for 18 months past the expiration date on petitioner’s Permanent Resident Card.

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