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Conditional Permanent Residence

What is Conditional Permanent Residence?

Conditional permanent residents receive a green card with a two year validity instead of ten years. Toward the end of the two years, a conditional permanent resident will petition USCIS to remove the conditions on their green card, and if approved, will receive the normal green card valid for ten years. An I-751 petition is only required when the initial adjustment of status interview is before the 2nd year anniversary of marriage.

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Usually based on marriage, to be eligible to remove the conditions of a green card, you must be still married to the same spouse after the conditional two years. The petition to remove conditions must be filed within the 90 days prior to the expiration of the conditional green card. If the marriage has ended, or is ending, there are a few exceptions where conditions may still be removed, explained below.


  • S. Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident Spouse Deceased:If your spouse is deceased and you entered the marriage in good faith, you may be eligible to remove the conditions on your green card.
  • Divorce/Annulment:  If you entered the marriage in good faith, but you are in divorce proceedings, but not yet divorced.


Lentini Visas has assisted many diverse conditional residents, both married and separated, successfully remove the conditions of their green card over the years.