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  1. Hi! I don't see a December 2020 subtopic yet, so I am starting one! My 90-day window opens on December 7th, currently assembling the additional evidence. Hopefully sending everything to USCIS at some point next week after the 7th. Good luck everybody!
  2. Background: A permanent resident is given the privilege of living and working in the United States permanently. A person's permanent residence status will be conditional if it is based on a marriage that was less than two years old on the day they were given permanent residence. A person is also given conditional resident status on the day they are lawfully admitted to the United States on an immigrant visa (having been married less than two years and entering on a CR-1 Visa). A person's permanent resident status is conditional, because they must prove that they did not get married to evade the immigration laws of the United States. When to File: If you are filing jointly, the I-751 form must be filed within the 90 days just preceding the expiration date on your permanent residence card. This is the date that your conditional residence expires. Note that, despite the fact that you may see word "anniversary" used in a confusing way regarding the filing date for removal of conditions, your wedding date is completely irrelevant to determining the window of time during which you may file for removal of conditions. If you and your spouse are outside the United States on orders of the U.S. Government during the period in which the petition must be filed, you may file it within 90 days of your return to the United States. See the USCIS webpage for more specific instructions, and search the forum for stories of several people who have done this successfully. It is very important to file the I-751 within the correct window of time, and be sure not to file it before the 90-day window. If you file it too early, they will send your application back. You may file at any time during the 90 day window, but it is prudent to file fairly early in the window. If you fail to properly file the Form I-751 (Petition to Remove the Conditions on Residence) within the 90-day period before your second anniversary as a conditional resident, your conditional resident status will automatically be terminated and the USCIS will order removal proceedings against you. You will receive a notice from the USCIS telling you that you have failed to remove the conditions, and you will also receive a Notice to Appear at a hearing. At the hearing you may review and rebut the evidence against you. You are responsible for proving that you complied with the requirements (the USCIS is not responsible for proving that you did not comply with the requirements). The USCIS may send a reminder to file this petition on time, however you should not rely on this reminder -- postal delivery is never without faults. Not receiving the letter is not an excuse for filing late. The USCIS provides additional information here. Download the Following Forms: 1. I-751 The above form can be filled out on your computer and printed. Make sure you sign and date them as required. Anything you cannot fit by typing, you can handwrite (very neatly) in black ink in the blank instead. You should always verify the current forms at www.uscis.gov. Assembling the I-751 Package: Checklist Forms and Documents (follow these assembly instructions. All supporting documents must be in English or be translated as noted here.): 1. Payment as required by USCIS. Use a personal check so you can track the payment. Money Orders are also accepted. Read the Guide to Paying USCIS Immigration Fees. 2. Cover Sheet (example here) 3. Form I-751, Petition to Remove the Conditions on Residence (see example form) 4. Copy of the Green Card (Front and Back) for the person filing to remove conditions (and any K2 children) 5. Evidence of Bona fide Relationship (see below) Evidence of Your Bona fide Marital Relationship A crucial part of filing this form is that you present evidence of your bona fide marital relationship, as your removal of conditions is based upon your marriage. There are a variety of documentations that you may submit. While the USCIS instructions for the I-751 say that evidence should cover the entire period from your marriage up to the present date, there is no need to repeat evidence that you already submitted to them earlier. Many couples submit no evidence whatsoever covering the period before their first interview. In any case, it's helpful to concentrate on the evidence that has developed since they last interviewed you. You do not have to have all of the types listed below as proof of the relationship; supply as many as you like. If you are short on the documents that have both of your names listed on them you MAY include affidavits from people who know you as a couple (see examples), confirming your marital relationship -- note that they are not required. If you have very little documentary evidence, you may find affidavits helpful. Additionally, you will need to submit a copy of the green card of the person who is applying for removal of conditions. IF you have K-2 children who will also be filing for removal of conditions at the same time, you may include them and use only one form and only one fee for the form. On the "don't panic" front -- ultimately the burden of proof is on the CIS to show a fraudulent marriage. Even if CIS denies, the application can be renewed in front of an Immigration Judge (IJ) in Removal Proceedings -- and the IJ's tend to APPROVE those cases. ONLY SEND COPIES of evidence. The copies should be clear and all marks pertaining to filings, registration and/or government issuance should be clearly shown. Examples of documents showing a bona fide relationship (Submit COPIES only. Do not send originals): 1. A deed, showing co-ownership of your property or a lease agreement with both of your names on the lease. 2. Utility bills, credit card bills, and other types of bills which have both of your names on them. Since many utilities will only put a bill in one person's name, some bills in one name and other bills at the same address but in the other spouse's name serve the same purpose: showing your financial & social lives intermingled. 3. Copies of actual credit cards, health insurance cards, or other "joint" cards that you have together, showing same account number. 4. Car, health, or life insurance that has both of your names on the policy or the other spouse listed as the beneficiary. 5. 401K or other retirement plan with spouse listed as beneficiary (right to survivorship is the technical term) 6. Bank or stock accounts with both of your names on them. 7. A copy of your joint federal and state tax returns (including W-2's and other applicable Schedules and attachments). Sending an official tax transcript from the IRS (for Federal) is beneficial and often preferred as it reflects what was actually filed. 8. A car title or other titles to property showing joint ownership with your spouse. 9. Birth certificate of any children that have been born to your marriage. 10. Documentation of any vacations that you have taken, including flight itineraries, hotel bills, pictures of you together on vacation. 11. Other family pictures of you together. 12. Documentary proof showing evidence of your children together (Copy of Birth Certificate, photos, etc) 13. Copies of Christmas cards and other holiday cards addressed to you both Mailing the Packet & What to do While You Wait The I-751 form and accompanying documents are mailed to either the USCIS California or Vermont Service Centers (click here to see the filing location for your state) depending on your state of residence. (Use certified mail or priority mail with delivery confirmation, and write "Attention: I-751 petition to remove conditions of status" on the envelope under the address.) You will receive a notice of receipt for the form stating that "Your alien card is extended one year - employment and travel authorized". Keep the receipt with your green card. If by some chance you are not approved within a year you will want to make an InfoPass appointment to go to your Local Office to request an I-551 stamp in your passport. This does happen as it sometimes it takes over a year to be approved. After your NOA extension expires, this is your only evidence of legal status which you are required to have, by law. This happens occasionally, that a case takes over a year, but it's rare. Local Offices will not give an I-551 stamp if you have another type of evidence of status (ie, expired Green Card + extension letter). You may or may not be called for an interview after you submit this form. Procedures have been in flux for the past year or so regarding biometrics collections (fingerprints, and photo) and you may get a letter sending you to your DO or ASC for this service--this is not an interview. Simply follow the instructions that YOU receive from USCIS and don't worry too much about other people's situations. Yours is the one that counts for you. If you are selected for an interview, it will be at your local USCIS office, not at the service center. Most typically, you have already had a biometrics appointment before your notice of approval, and your new Green Card will be mailed to you. However, you should follow all directions received from USCIS. I-751 cases are generally completed in 6-12 months, currently. Once you receive the 10-year green card, it should be renewed every 10 years, if you do not become a U.S. citizen in the interim. Instructions for renewing your card are here: How Do I Renew My Permanent Resident Card (Green Card)? Note on Case #'s: The case number on the NOA1 is not linked to the USCIS case update site - you have to wait for the case number that comes with the biometrics letter.
  3. Hello, I just got an acceptance letter into a very prestigious college as a transfer student from a community college. My husband and I are extremely happy but that means I will have to move to a different city and live on campus so we will not live in the same apartment anymore. He is the US citizen and I am about to file for removal of conditions (I-751). I am worried that deciding to go to that university and moving out will cause issues with the removal of conditions considering that USCIS sees not living together as a red flag. My husband and I are both sad we might have to do long distance for a while but we came to the realization that me going to this university will be good for both of us in the long term (better job, better pay...). What do you guys think? Should I accept the university's admission offer or just go to a normal university in my current city to be on the safe side with the green card? Thank you.
  4. Hi I just got a notice from the NYC local office stating that I have to appear for an I751 initial interview in May. I've already received a 10 year green card in June 2020 so I'm really confused? The USCIS case status states that they delivered the new card on June 24, 2020, which I received around that time. I'm so confused about this notice. Should I go to the interview despite of having the 10 year green card? 1/22/18: USCIS office received I751 application 1/23/18: NOA for I751 receipt 8/6/18: NOA for I551 12 month extension 4/19/19: RFE for insufficient evidence. Required to submit evidence by 7/15/19 6/xx/19: Evidence submitted 8/14/19: NOA for case transfer to National Benefits Center in Lee's Summit 6/10/20: Approve notice for I751 6/11/20: NOA for I551 18 month extension 6/xx/20: 10 year green card received (Expires on 6/10/2030) 4/19/21: Request to appear for initial interview at the NYC federal plaza
  5. Hi Everyone, I created this post to bring together all i751 filers from California services center to compare our timeline and encourage each other during this challenging wait. Please share your timeline so we could all have a better estimation of the processing time. Our timeline is: October 31st: i751 sent to CSC November 5th: case received August 16th: Biometric Patiently waiting for card being produced!
  6. Hi guys, I got my conditional green card through marriage (from being an F1 student) and my 90 days period before the 2 year anniversary begins first week of July. I will file I-751 during that week but I had a question. I am traveling out of the country the following month, August and will be out for a month. Do you thing that's a good idea? I'm afraid they will send me a biometrics appointment during august or an RFE or any other correspondence. Based on your experience, will I receive any communication from USCIS a month after filing? Also, am I even allowed to travel abroad once I file? My conditional green card will expire in october (I will be back in the US in September). Thank you!
  7. I would like to know if somebody here have a similar case. SRC April 2019 transferred to Potomac in February 2020.
  8. Hey anyone who filed roc in phonix Arizona and was signed By F.Brown and has not received the receipt after one month? Please let's update each other here. My Green card expires in April 02 2021. Am very worried.
  9. Hi Guys! So, today - May 1st, 2020, I received the RFE letter. I wanted to share everything with you and see if you can help me with the preparation of the packet. I want to thank you in advance for your help. You guys are amazing!! 🏆 This is what I sent to USCIS on July 12, 2019. Vermont center. Evidence of our bona fide relationship: • Copy of our Marriage Certificate • Copies of our joint tax return for 2017 and 2018 • Copies of our tax transcripts for 2017 and 2018 • Copies of our W2's for 2017 and 2018 showing same address • Copies of bank statements from our join bank account for the past 24 months • Copy of our joint account debit cards • Copy of our apartment renters insurance showing joint policy • Copy of my spouse's life insurance policy showing my name as the beneficiary • Copy of our original apartment rental contract showing joint cohabitation • Copy of our renewed apartment rental contract showing joint cohabitation • Notarized sworn affidavit letters of support from family and friends • Letter from the Building Management Office confirming our tenancy and joint cohabitation • Copies of electricity bills for the past 24 months showing joint account • Copy of our Costco joint membership • Copies of checks that we have paid the apartment rent with from our joint bank account and the landlord's receipts. • Copy of check that we have paid the IRS from our joint bank account • Copies of medical records, phone bills, online orders, furniture deliveries, bank correspondence, IRS correspondence, Department of Motor Vehicles, USPS package deliveries, promotional materials and other showing same address • Copy of an email from a real estate investor in regards to future investments addressed to both of us • Copy of a reservation confirmation for a United Airlines client event that we attended in New York City showing both of our names • Copies of Driver's Licence and State ID showing same address • Copy of our airline tickets from our trip to Chicago, Illinois • Copy of our hotel reservation confirmation letter in Chicago, Illinois • Explanation to why we don’t have a joint health care insurance • Explanation to why we don’t have a joint phone plan • Pictures together from 2016 to 2019. BELOW IS THE RFE LETTER. They are basically asking for the same things. I don't understand. Compared to other people that I know, who have gotten green cards, I think I have sent more than enough. Unfortunately I don't have anything additional from what I sent 10 months ago. We don't have a kid, we don't have a car, we don't have a joint phone bill because his company pays for his bill and we don't have joint health insurance because we've been changing jobs frequently and we couldn't be on the same plan. Do you think if I send the same documents, but with new dates for the past 10 months it will be sufficient??? AWAITING FOR YOUR ADVICE :))
  10. Is it possible not to get called in for Biometrics appointment? I got my conditional green card towards the end of 2018, and I applied for I-751 to remove my condition in November 2020. I remember having to pay biometrics fee with the application fee. Today, I noticed that my status has been changed to "New Card is being Produced" from Pending. I never received biometrics appointment notice. My questions are as follows: 1) Is it possible to get approved this quick? I know that USCIS has lots of applications piled up and even worse because of Covid, but I already got my case approved and it has been only 3-4 months! (I am not complaining though!) 2) Is it possible not to receive biometrics appointment notice but still get approved? If so, which photo will be used? The same one I took for my conditional green card more than 3 years ago?
  11. Hi Today received a notification that the case is ready for an interview and seems very strange, because I did have a interview for I485 and sent tons of documents. Yesterday I received a notification my case is ready for an interview, move from biometric directly to interview and no RFE or anything. What seems strange, in case tracker all other cases near mine that were move on the same day as I did, all of them status change to case ready for interview, I'm speaking over 25 cases near mine. Can this be a mistake on their end and send all this cases to interview?
  12. Calling out all LIN(Nebraska) filers? How long do you wait to receive any update about biometric?
  13. Hello guys, my lawyer send my application on January 7th and today I got a mail from uscis(LIN) I thought it was extension letter but it was not the official extension letter. It said it was courtesy copy not the official one. The official one is sent to what is listed in G28. I think the official extension letter might have sent to lawyer.. can I request my lawyer sent the official one to me? I think work/travel we need the original one not the courtesy copy right? Can I ask my lawyer send it back to me ??? My lawyer lives in a different state
  14. I send i751 form dec last year. Today took money from uscis. And right now 2028382200 call me. I though bad parson because he dont talking name. And he ask me are you speak english? And i said no Because I was sceard. And I did hang off. But when I hang off finish I reserch this number. Its was uscis. Then when I call back they cant answer.. What shall I do?
  15. Hey guys, I wonder if anyone has ideas of what’s going on with the biometric letter. I’m one of the October 2020 filers. I was looking at our google sheet and it seems that nobody received the biometric letter any more after 11/18. I know they’re moving VERY slow but it was moving. Now it seems that they completely stopped mailing out biometric letters? Also, who sends out the biometric letters? Is it who sends out receipt? Or is it the service center’s job? Please share your ideas. Thank you.
  16. Hi Guys. So today, I received a letter from USCIS saying they are reusing my previous captured Biometrics but till now, when I check my status nothing has changed. Was expecting them update my application with reusing previous Biometrics. I don't know if that normal. Also, how long do you think I will receive my interview appoint. Filed earlier August 2020 and field office is CSC. Will do appreciate any positive response.
  17. Hi, we will be filing my ROC jointly and my husband (US citizen) is in active duty military. My question is, aside from the latest LES and SGLI, what other evidences we can submit? (pertaining to being in the military) We have other evidences such as tax return, bank statements, lease agreement, POA and car insurance to name some. And also, from what I have read, we should indicate Active Military on the top right corner of the I-751 form? Any advice you can give for those who have submitted their packets already. Thank you very much.
  18. Hello everyone! 
 Next month (Nov. 12) I have my N400 citizenship interview (based on marriage) however, I still have my I-751 case pending. I applied to I-751 in Feb. 2019 and the last update I got was on June 2020 "we transferred your Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence, Receipt Number WAC-xyz , to another USCIS office. That office now has jurisdiction over your case." and hasn't moved since. Today I was using the live chat feature on the USCIS page and asked if perhaps I was having a combo interview on Nov. 12. The response I got was basically nothing... "Refer to your last notice" and they say that I can do the interview for citizenship, but even if I pass it, they won't make a decision until the I-751 is approved. It's like moving forward to take a step back to move forward again. I am prepared to have a combo interview, just in case, and my husband will be driving me to USCIS. However, with COVID, he can't come with me inside the building, so I am just a little worried in case I have a combo interview and the officer ask me about my husband to be present. Will I be able to call him to come in? I feel I am in a limbo here. Is anyone else in the same situation? Thank you!
  19. Hello All, So I received an 18 months extension when I filed for ROC in 2019. I believe the 18 months extension begin on the day of my Green Card became expired (12/26/2019), so said extension will be expired on Jun 26, 2021. I've filed my N-400 in September 2020, and my ROC recently moved to a local office (MO). What do I need to do if my I751/N-400 are not approved in June 2021? What to do and when can I do it? Please advise. THANK YOU.
  20. My conditional green card is expiring in 2 days, and my attorney submitted I-751 packet for me a week or so ago. We know that our packet has arrived a few days ago, but we have not received our Receipt notice yet. Am I allowed to legally work after my conditional green card has expired but I have not received the I-797 receipt notice? I have been employed, and I need this income.
  21. Hello Everyone! My husband and I filed our form I751 at the end of February 2019 to remove the conditions on my Greencard and I haven't yet received my biometrics notice. Has anyone else been waiting equally long? The California Service center is processing our application 😃 I also have a question regarding travel and would appreciate any insight that anyone has to offer 😃 We were planning a 2-3 month trip to Switzerland this summer, but are nervous about traveling since the biometrics notice could come at any time. For anyone who has already received their notice, what is the typical time span between receiving the notice and the actual appointment? We are thinking of going on the trip and taking the risk of having to fly back early in case we do receive the biometrics notice. Has anyone else been in a similar situation? Does anyone have any insights to share? Thank you so much!!
  22. Hi, My 18-month extension letter is expiring in November and my case status has been ready to be scheduled for an interview since April 2020. It seems that the only way to prove LPR status after the expiration of the 18-month extension is to get an I-551 stamp. I am a little concerned because I need to prove LPR status to my employer after the expiration of the 18-month letter to keep my job. Can anyone share their experience with scheduling an InfoPass appointment? I have been reading a few posts and it seems that these appointments are not obtained easily and are for emergencies only. Thanks!
  23. Hi people, I got my interview notice for i751(which was pending for 4 years) .Also my n400 is pending since December 2019.(Got my interview cancelled back in april due to covid and in September the interview also cancelled I don’t know why..)I was reading the interview letter there was this extra page.I’m attaching you here.So my question is Do I need a sponsor right now?I had a sponsor when I was dealing with adjustment of status but never heard for i751. The other question is can the lawyer attend the interview with me?I heard they are not allowing them anymore. any kind of reply is appreciated🙏🏼
  24. Hi there, I had a question about the i-751 process. I am filing for myself and my daughter. They received it 9/18/2017. I have paid for my application and my daughter's and I bio metrics fee, was $765. I got a letter in the mail for my appointment(early October...like 10/3/2017) for my bio metrics to be taken and it was actually today 10/12/17. I have not received a letter for my daughters. Will she have to do one? Isn't it usually mailed together? I am afraid that it got lost if they are usually mailed together or is it after mine is processed. When we first filed for our original green card she was 17, now she is 20. Thank you
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