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Friday, September 3, 2021

Conditional Green Card Receipts for I-751 and I-829 Extended to 24 Months

Do you have a pending I-751 or I-829 with USCIS?  The processing time of these applications has increased drastiscally over the past year.  As a result, USCIS announced that, starting Sept. 4, 2021, the temporary extension of applicants' conditional resident status will be extended from 18 months to 24 months.  

Two applications are being affected:  

1) Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence:  This application is to remove conditional resident status of applicants who applied for a marriage-based green card.

2) Form I-829, Petition by Investor to Remove Conditions on Permanent Resident Status: This application is to remove conditional resident status of EB-5 investors.

Conditional permanent residents who properly file these applications will receive a receipt notice (Form I-797C).  This receipt notice, when presented with the Conditional Green Card, can serve as evidence of continued status for up to 24 months past the expiration date on the Green Card.  

For pending applications that were filed before Sept. 4, USCIS will issue new receipt notices to the applicants. Those receipt notices will similarly serve as temporary evidence of  conditional status for 24 months after the expiration date on their Green Card.

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