Application for Removal of Condition on a Temporary Green Card

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Removal of Condition when Both Parties are Married and in Good Relationship

The I-751 Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence is a critical form for conditional permanent residents who obtained their status through marriage to a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident. This step is necessary for those who were married less than two years before obtaining their green card, making their status "conditional." The condition must be removed to grant the immigrant a full permanent residency. The process is notably streamlined when both parties are married and in a good relationship. Below, we delve into the details of the I-751 removal of conditions in such circumstances.

Purpose of the Form

The I-751 form serves to prove to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that the marriage was entered in good faith and not for the purpose of just getting immigration benefits. This form is typically filed in the final 90 days before the two-year anniversary of the grant of conditional permanent residence.

Filing Jointly as a Married Couple

When both parties are still married and in a good relationship, they must file the I-751 form jointly. This joint filing is a testament to the ongoing and genuine nature of the marriage. The form requires both the conditional resident and the spouse to sign, attesting to the authenticity and continuation of the marriage.

Required Documentation

The USCIS requires substantial evidence to confirm the bona fide nature of the marriage. The documents may include, but are not limited to:

  • Joint financial records: Such as joint bank account statements, joint mortgages or leases, and joint tax returns.
  • Birth certificates of children: If applicable, born to the marriage.
  • Photographs: Documenting the couple's life together.
  • Affidavits from friends and family: Attesting to the legitimacy of the marriage.
  • Other documents: Such as joint utility bills, insurance policies (health, life, auto, etc.), and any other documents that show cohabitation and mingling of lives.

The Interview Process

Although not always required, USCIS may request an interview with both spouses to verify the marriage's legitimacy further. During the interview, the couple may be asked detailed questions about their relationship, cohabitation, and shared responsibilities. It's essential to answer these questions honestly and provide consistent information.

Potential Challenges

Even in genuine relationships, couples might face challenges in documenting their shared life to the satisfaction of USCIS. Lack of joint financial assets, prolonged periods of physical separation due to work or other reasons, and cultural or religious practices that may affect the mingling of lives can complicate the application process. In such cases, providing additional evidence and a detailed explanation can help address USCIS concerns.

Approval and Next Steps

Once the I-751 petition is approved, the conditional status is removed, and the applicant becomes a lawful permanent resident without conditions. This change updates the resident's status to a 10-year green card, renewable indefinitely, and serves as a critical step toward eligibility for U.S. citizenship through naturalization.


The I-751 petition process, while rigorous, is straightforward for couples in a genuine and ongoing marriage. Proper preparation, thorough documentation, and honesty in all communications with USCIS are key to navigating this process successfully. Couples who remain in a good relationship typically find this step a reaffirmation of their commitment to building a life together in the United States.

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