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When can I renew my two-year green card?

Renew your two-year green card on time by filing Form I-751. Prove your genuine marriage to avoid complications.You can apply to renew your two-year conditional green card by filing Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence, in the 90 days prior to the expiration date on your green card. For example, if your green card expires on 12/31/23, you can file anytime between October 2, 2023 and December 31, 2023. However, wait until about October 4 to file—so that it’s not early, but don’t wait until December 31, 2023 to file–make sure USCIS gets it well before December 31. 

USCIS will reject/deny your Form I-751 if you file too early or too late. Sometimes USCIS will reject the application right away, and you’ll know to fix your mistake. However, sometimes USCIS will not realize the application was early or late until it gets around to looking at your case in 12 to 48 months. If your case is denied at that point, the best case scenario is that you re-file with a good explanation for the now-late application. Worst case scenario is that USCIS denies your Form I-751 and puts you into removal (deportation) proceedings that will take years and years to complete, even if you are sure to win in Immigration Court.  

To be successful on your green card renewal, you must prove that you were in a “real marriage,” that is, that you did not fake the marriage to get a green card. Also, you must file on time. Green card renewal applications with Form I-751 are difficult to prepare and win, and USCIS is always looking for fraud in I-751 applications. 

Our team is happy to share information about immigration law. However, please remember that every situation is unique, and we believe that all USCIS applicants should be represented by an experienced, compassionate, and approachable attorney.  You may have a small issue in your situation that could cause major complications if you do not deal with it correctly. Or, small or big issues can arise after you file. For example, USCIS may make a mistake in your case. Or, USCIS’s processing procedures may change or processing times may decrease drastically. Preparing the application correctly is only part of this process; you need to understand what’s going on and what needs to happen until your green card is finally approved. 

The stakes are very high for the renewal of your green card. Don’t risk your future in the US by trying to figure this out on your own. Work with an experienced immigration attorney on this project that will determine whether you can continue your life, career, and family in the United States. 

 

If you need to talk to an experienced immigration attorney. We’ve helped hundreds of people traverse the complicated immigration and citizenship process. We would love to help you as well.  Call (617-676-0503) or email hello@cambridgeimmigrationlaw.com to get in touch.

Can I renew my two year green card if I am no longer with my spouse?

 

 

Renew your green card through marriage after separation with Form I-751 and a waiver. Get legal help.If you obtained your two-year green card through marriage and you are no longer with your spouse, you may still be able to renew your green card by filing Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence. If you are successful, USCIS will grant you a 10-year green card (Form I-551)! To be successful on this application, you will need to show that yours was a “real” (aka bona fide) relationship and marriage. Or, in other words, you need to prove to USCIS that you did not get married just to get a green card.  

 

 

To renew your green card if you are separated from your spouse, you will need to file the Form I-751 jointly with your former spouse. However, if your spouse refuses to sign Form I-751, then you will have to qualify for a waiver to get your Form I-751 approved and your green card renewed for 10 years. You can request for a waiver based on one of the following grounds:

  1. Your spouse has died;
  2. Your marriage was real but your married is legally ended by divorce or annulment;
  3. Your marriage was real, but your US citizen spouse (or green card holding spouse) abused you physically, sexually, financially, or emotionally; or
  4. You will suffer extreme hardship if your green card is not renewed for 10 years.

To win a waiver case, you must not only prove it was a “real marriage” but you also need to prove the other issue of death, divorce, abuse, or extreme hardship. Waiver applications are difficult to prepare and win, and USCIS is always looking for fraud in I-751 waiver applications. Don’t file a waiver application without an experienced immigration attorney!

 

If you need to talk to an experienced immigration attorney. We’ve helped hundreds of people traverse the complicated immigration and citizenship process. We would love to help you as well.  Call (617-766-0214) or email hello@cambridgeimmigrationlaw.com to get in touch.

How to renew my two-year green card?

Learn how to renew your green card with Form I-751. Get an experienced immigration attorney for successful application.To renew your two-year green card, you will file Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence, with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Here is how to prepare your filing:  

  1. Download and complete Form I-751 from the USCIS website. Make sure to fill out all the required fields accurately and completely. Do not leave any fields blank; answer “no,” “none,” or  “not applicable N/A” in any field that you would want to leave blank. 

2. Gather supporting documents: Along with your Form I-751, you will need to submit supporting documents such as evidence of your marriage (if you obtained your green card through marriage), tax returns, and other documents to prove that you have maintained continuous residence in the United States. You can use relationship documents that are similar to those that you submitted with your first application.

We have a great list of 99 documents to submit with your green card application.

3. Write a personal check, or get a bank check or money order for $680 to submit with your application. We do NOT recommend using the Credit Authorization Form–USCIS mistakenly rejects many cases submitted with that form.

4. Make a copy of EVERY page of your application–your check, all USCIS pages, all supporting documents. 

5. Submit your application: Use a trackable postal services (USPS, FedEx) to mail your entire application package to USCIS. Use the address listed on USCIS’s website the day that you file. The filing addresses sometimes change, and you must use the address that ist listed on the day that you file.

6. Attend your biometrics appointment, if USCIS sends you an appointment notice. Most USCIS applications are getting notices that they will NOT have a biometrics appointment, but if you do get an appointment, attend it.  

7.  Look out for your I-751 Receipt Notice. If you don’t have it within 2 weeks and you see that your check was cashed, you need to look into the status of your application.

8. Use your expiring/expired green card with the I-751 receipt as proof of your status, your ability to re-enter the US after foreign travel, your ability to work in the US, and your ability to get ID documents that require proof of immigration status. 

9. Await a decision: USCIS will review your application and notify you of their decision. If your application is approved, you will receive a new green card that is valid for 10 years.

 

Our team is happy to share this information with you. However, we recommend that all I-751 applicants get representation by an experienced immigration attorney. To be successful on your green card renewal, you must prove that you were in a “real marriage,” that is, that you did not fake the marriage to get a green card. Green card renewal applications with Form I-751 are difficult to prepare and win, and USCIS is always looking for fraud in I-751 applications. Don’t file an I-751 application without an experienced immigration attorney!

 

How long will it take to renew my two year green card?

Renewing a two-year green card can take up to 17 months. File 90 days before expiration with an experienced immigration attorney.This is a great question, and no one knows the answer! Currently, USCIS publishes processing times of approximately 12-17 months. Our cases have been approved much quicker than 12-17 months, but most are pending at least that long. To cover the long processing times, USCIS sends I-751 applicants receipt notices that serve as 48-month extensions of the expiring green card. (Only a few years ago, USCIS issued receipt notices that only extended the expired card by 6 months! Clearly, USCIS is planning on deciding on your case any time soon!

USCIS processing times change from month to month for a variety of reasons cited by USCIS: the volume of applications received, staffing levels, and changes in USCIS policies or procedures.  

File your Form I-751 as soon as you are eligible, which is 90 days before the green card (Form I-551 expires). Do NOT file before 90 days because USCIS will immediately reject it, or worse, USCIS will wait over a year to deny it. 

To be successful on your green card renewal, you must prove that you were in a “real marriage,” that is, that you did not fake the marriage to get a green card. Green card renewal applications with Form I-751 are difficult to prepare and win, and USCIS is always looking for fraud in I-751 applications. Don’t file a I-751 application without an experienced immigration attorney!

 

If you need to talk to an experienced immigration attorney. We’ve helped hundreds of people traverse the complicated immigration and citizenship process. We would love to help you as well.  Call (617-676-0503) or email hello@cambridgeimmigrationlaw.com to get in touch.