Applying for a Ten-Year Permanent Resident Card

FEBRUARY 18,2019 BY JEAN

Staying in the U.S.A as an immigrant would take paperworks after paperworks. I came here in the U.S.A. May of 2015, through a K-1 Visa also known as Fiancée Visa. I got married in June. I changed my status and got a Conditional Resident Card January 2016 and will expire January 12, 2018.

February 8, 2019, I got my Permanent Resident Card in the mail which was very surprising. I got a mail from the USCIS February 6, saying that my status was approved and that they will send me the card within 60 days. I thought I will have it in April but it was sent two days after the notice.

So how did I applied for the Permanent Resident Card?

1. I applied to remove the condition on my conditional status four months (September 2017) before it expired. The earliest to apply is six months, the latest is 3 months or 90 days before expiration. You should keep an eye on this. If you do not meet the 90 days period, your conditional resident status will be terminated automatically and will place you in removal proceedings.

2. Form I-751  Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence. Before filling it out, download also the Form I-751 instructions. Read carefully the instructions. Note: Check and make sure the spellings are correct and do not ever forget to sign or put your signature as USCIS will reject your application.

3.The filing fee is $680. $595 is for the Form I-175, Petition to Remove the Conditions on Residence. The $85 is for the Biometrics fee. Cash is not accepted. Write a check to U.S. Department of Homeland Security

4. Form G-1450 Authorization for Credit Card Transactions, if you want to pay via credit card

5. Front and back copy of the Conditional Resident Card

6. Evidence. Submit copies of documents indicating that the marriage upon which you were granted conditional status was entered in “good faith”.  The supporting documents that I submitted were birth certificate of our daughter, water bill showing my name and my husband's name and the title of the house that we bought (both of our names were also there). Choose any of the following which is applicable to you:

A. Birth certificates of children born during the time of this marriage (if any)

B. Lease or mortgage contracts showing joint occupancy and/or ownership of your communal residence;

C. Financial records showing joint ownership of assets and joint responsibility for liabilities, such as joint savings and checking accounts with transaction history, complete joint Federal and State tax returns, insurance policies that show the other spouse as the beneficiary, joint utility bills, or joint installment or other loans.

D. Affidavits sworn to or affirmed by at least two people who have known both of you since your conditional residence was granted and have personal knowledge of your marriage and relationship. (Such persons may be required to testify before an immigration officer as to the information contained in the affidavit.) The original affidavit must be submitted and also contain the following information regarding the person making the affidavit: his or her full name and address; date and place of birth; relationship to you or your spouse, if any; and full information and complete details explaining how the person acquired his or her knowledge. Affidavits must be supported by other types of evidence listed above.

5.  G-1145 Notification of Application/Petition Acceptance

6. Send it. Each state has a designated USCIS address given. Check it below.

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What happened after sending my application?
  1. Four weeks after, I received a Receipt Notice. It also says my conditional status is extended for a period of one year from the date of expiration of my conditional resident card.
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2. Couple of weeks after I got the Receipt Notice, an appointment notice for the biometrics came stating the date, time and address of USCIS office I was assigned.

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3. August 11, 2018, I received a Notice of Action stating that my conditional resident status was extended for 18 months.

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4. February 6,2019 , I received an Approval Notice.

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5. February 8, 2019, I received my Permanent Resident Card in the mail.

My journey to get this took a year and five months.

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