I-751, Every Thing about Form I-751

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A Unique guide for the upgradation of a conditional green card, Form I-751 lifts the conditions:

When the green card is obtained through marriage, if the marriage is less than two years old when the card is obtained, it is conditional. That is to say that two years later it is necessary to send new documents and a new check to obtain the 10-year green card. The idea is to avoid fraud because it is more difficult for false couples to stay together for two years. Form I-751 lifts all the conditions imposed on a conditional

Form I-751 is a Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence issued by The Department of Homeland Security U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

What Is Form I-751?

Petition to get rid of Conditions on Residence is named Form I-751 and is employed for the up gradation of conditional resident status of two years to the positive identification of 10 years. It’s vital to file Form I-751 if you’re a conditional positive identification holder, otherwise, your residence status will expire after 2 years.

CR-1 positive identifications also called conditional positive identification is issued to an individual who got married but two years when he gets residential status on permanent basis on the condition of marriage with a United State Citizen or with an individual holding green card. All the knowledge filled in Form I-751 are screened by us Citizenship and immigration Services department so as to see if the wedding has occurred on genuine basis or for the aim of getting a positive identification.

Just in case you’re not together with your U.S partner for any reason, you’ll still file a petition to get rid of conditions implemented on you, except for this, you’re to prove by evidence that the wedding was real and or due to some mishap, you’re separated.

Who needs to File a Form I-751

A person who has conditional permanent residence status needs to file Form I-751. U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services has issued a conditional green card to the individuals who got married with permanent US green Card holder. This for I-751 is used to remove conditions on green card.

How one can check whether he is a Conditional resident or a Permanent Resident?

One can follow the following simple tips to know whether he is a Conditional or Permanent resident.

  1. Check the category of your residential status on the front of your green card. If the category is CR-1, you are a conditional resident.
  2. Find the expiration date on your green card, if it’s expiring in 2 years, you are a conditional resident. If it’s for a period of 10 years, you are in the category of permanent resident holding a permanent green card.

If you find yourself in Conditional category, you should file Form I-751 for permanent residence status.  

A Story Regarding Form I-751 for the Removal of Conditions

The process is simpler than obtaining the green card because there is only one form to fill out: the I-751 (compared to more than six in our case for the first green card). Added to that is a check for $ 545 and all kinds of paperwork to prove the marriage is legitimate. USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) especially wants to see that finances are in common. Indeed during a white wedding there is less chance that the parties concerned have a joint account or share the purchase of a car. You have to send documents from the date of marriage, but in general everything that comes after the first green card.

In our case, here is the list of documents sent.

Form I-751

Copy of my green card (required)

Copies of our driving licenses (same address)

Copy of our 2008 and 2009 taxes

Copy of the deed of purchase of the house with our two names

Copy of the annual receipt of our loan for the house

Copies of account statements from our joint savings account.

Copies of account statements from our joint checking account

Copy of the deed of purchase of our car with our two names

Copy of our home insurance contract

Copy of our car insurance

Copy of our medical insurance

Copies of electricity and water bills with our two names

Copies of our joint credit card and statement of account

Copy of our air travel itinerary in France.

Copy of our flight itinerary to LA

Copies of our pass cards during the cruise.

Photos: showing us in front of known sites (eg Notre Dame de Paris) and in the company of family members.

I should receive a receipt which will extend the validity of my green card by one year. I would then have a new “biometric” (fingerprinting and photos), we will have or not an interview (it is a small percentage that must do the interview, it has chosen at random).

At 90 days of my conditional green card expiration date it’s time to deal with immigration papers again.

When you obtain the green card via marriage, if the marriage is less than two years old when you obtain it, it’s a conditional one. So two years later you need to send new documents and a check to obtain the 10 year green card. The idea is to avoid frauds as it’s harder for fake couples to stay together for two years.

The process if simpler than when we obtained the first green card since we only have one form to fill: the I-751 (vs. six in our case for my first green card). To that of course you have to add a $ 545 check and all sorts of papers to prove that the marriage is legitimate. USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) wants to see among other things that finances are mingled. Indeed for a fake marriage there are less chances that the parties involved will share accounts or buy a car together. They expect documents from the date of the marriage, but generally anything that comes after the first green card approval.

In our case we sent the following documents:

Form I-751

Copy of my green card

Copies of our Drivers Licenses

Copy of the joint tax return for 2009 and 2008

Copy of our house Settlement Statement showing joint ownership

Copy of our mortgage interest statement

Copies of our joint saving account statements

Copies of our joint checking account statements

Copy of our car purchase statements showing joint ownership

Copy of our co-insurance contract on our house

Copy of our cars insurance

Copy of our health insurance cards showing a joint policy

Copies of utility bills in both our names

Copies of our credit cards and copies of a statement showing a joint account.

A copy of our airline itinerary for a trip we did in France in September 2009.

Copies of our US Airways flights to LA In February 2010

Copies of our cruise cards for a family cruise we took in February 2010

Pictures (showing us in front of known landmarks or with family members).

I will receive a notice extending my green card validity for a year. Then I’ll have a new biometrics (fingerprints and picture), and we will or will not have an interview (it’s a small purcentage taken at random that has to do one).

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