The most popular way to obtain citizenship in the United States is referred to as a marriage green card, which you can get by marrying someone who is currently a citizen. As a result of your marriage, you will be able to work and live in the United States. That said, as the spouse of a U.S. citizen, you will still only be considered a conditional resident. To remove the conditions from your status, you will have to follow certain steps as mandated by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, which we will review here.
Removing the Conditions
You will have to complete Form I-751, which is a petition to remove conditions, to obtain a permanent green card that has no expiration date. In addition to this form, you will also have an interview with a USCIS officer. In many cases, it can take a year or longer for USCIS to process an application. During this time, you will not have to worry about your green card expiring. If you correctly submit Form I-751, you will receive a notice that extends the validity of your green card, allowing you to continue to live and work in the country.
The interview to remove conditions is essentially very similar to the one you had to go through to obtain your conditional green card and will focus on ensuring your relationship with your spouse is legitimate and ongoing. If the interview is a success, you will quickly receive a decision, and a permanent green card will be issued and mailed to you. Your new green card will not have any conditions or expiration date.
Below is a list of some of the questions you may be asked during your interview:
- Where did you meet your spouse?
- When did the relationship become romantic?
- Who proposed?
- Where was your wedding?
- How many people attended the wedding?
- Who handles the finances?
- When is your anniversary?
- When is your spouse’s birthday?
- Do you plan to have children?
- How often do you visit each other’s families?
- How many siblings does your spouse have and what are their names?
- What is the name of your spouse’s best friend?
- Where did your spouse go to school?
- Did your spouse go to college?
- Where does your spouse work?
- What does your spouse do for a living?
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If you are going through the process of removing conditions on your permanent residency, you should not hesitate to reach out to the team at the Law Offices of Joyce Komanapalli Jones for the help you need.
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