The Conditional Permanent Resident: What You Need to Know   

It is common for entrepreneurs and spouses of US citizens to be granted conditional permanent resident status if their marriage has lasted less than two years. USCIS will determine whether your marriage to a US citizen was genuine (a “bona fide marriage”) and lawful over those two years, and if so, whether to grant you permanent U.S. residency. USCIS put in place the requirements to ensure that entrepreneurs genuinely invest in their goals. 

You can live, work, and travel anywhere in the US as long as your conditional green card is still active. This is in addition to all the other benefits and rights enjoyed by legal permanent residents. 

How Do I Terminate Conditional Permanent Resident Status?  

Often, conditional permanent residents must file Form I-751 ninety days before the second anniversary of the day they received conditional permanent residence status. They do this to eliminate the conditions associated with their permanent residency status. 

Is There an Interview for a Conditional Green Card?  

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is responsible for arranging an in-person interview for every conditional resident who has filed an I-751, as required by US immigration statute. However, USCIS “waives” many, if not most, of these interviews. 

Can You Get a Conditional Green Card without an Interview?  

It is possible to get permission for an I-130 program without having to attend an interview. Many I-130 petitions receive approval without an interview. Despite this, the decision on whether or not an interview is required ultimately lies with the USCIS official reviewing the petition.  

What Is the Difference Between a Green Card and a Conditional Green Card?  

The main difference between conditional and unconditional green cards is that they are only valid for two years. After two years of holding your temporary resident card, you must apply for an adjustment of status to preserve your permanent residence status.  

What Are the Limitations of a Conditional Green Card?  

The phrase “conditional green card” refers to a document that permits you to live and work in the United States like any other green card holder, but only for two years before you must change your status to a full green card that is good for ten years. It is not possible to renew conditional green cards.  

When Conditional Status Ends, What Happens?   

A conditional permanent resident’s status lasts for two years. They must renew their permanent residence card before its expiration date, according to U.S. immigration standards.  

Anyone with conditional residency, like a marriage-based green card, who lets their residency expire is in the US illegally and could face removal proceedings in immigration court, including deportation.  

Submitting the necessary documents (Form I-751 or Form I-829) to modify one’s status before the conditional green card expires is crucial for avoiding problems.  

What Should I Do If My Spouse Dies?  

Your spouse’s death during the conditional residence period will waive the need to wait until ninety days before your green card expires.   

Send in Form I-751 right away if you have the necessary documents, such as a death certificate and evidence that you were married in good faith.  

If you started filling out the form before your spouse passed away, you must fill out the “Waiver or Individual Filing Request” part instead of the “Joint Filing” section.   

Can I Work on a Conditional Green Card?  

Those who have conditional green cards are free to work for any employer in the US. You shouldn’t worry about obtaining work clearance for every single job you’re considering. Simply put, you have the same rights as any other U.S. citizen when it comes to seeking employment and using your rights.  

Can Children of Conditional Green Card Holders Enter the US?   

The United States welcomes children of conditional permanent residents whose parents are eligible to do so. To file Form I-130, you must first receive the green card. After you’ve gotten your conditional permanent job, you can submit the papers whenever you want.   

Key Notes 

After receiving a green card for two years, a conditional permanent resident receives permanent status. To remain a permanent resident, the person must file a petition to have the condition removed within ninety days of the card’s expiration date. Renewing the conditional card status is impossible. 

To reduce the prerequisites for a green card based on marriage, the spouse must submit a document to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). With the help of a qualified immigration attorney, it is possible to eliminate any restrictions associated with a green card, enabling the conditional resident to remain a permanent resident.