- Conditional Green Card overview
- Difference between a conditional Green Card and a permanent Green Card
- Traveling with a conditional Green Card
- Removal of conditions on a Green Card obtained through Marriage
- Removal of conditions on a Green Card obtained through Investment
- Change of address instructions for Green Card holders
- How to Preserve Residence for Naturalization Purposes
- U.S. Citizenship overview
- Dual Citizenship overview
- Eligibility Information
- List of Required Documents
- Information on Filing Fees
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- List of USCIS Offices Nationwide
- Directory of U.S. Embassies and Consulates
- Information on how to obtain the latest United States immigration forms
The process of removing conditions on a conditional Green Card is different way to remove conditional status on a Green Card through Marriage is different from obtaining a removal of a condition for a Green Card through Investment. Failure to apply for removal of the conditions after a specified time will lead to the expiration of the Green Card and the bearer being considered "Out of Status." The conditional resident status will automatically be terminated, and the USCIS will initiate removal proceedings against the individual. Once the application is submitted and approved, the applicant will receive the Permanent Green Card which must be renewed every ten years. Green Card holders keep their foreign citizenship and are required to bring their Green Card and passport when traveling abroad. Card holders are also subject to specific residency requirements
to avoid losing their permanent resident status.
Remove Conditions on a Green Card obtained through Marriage
In addition to applying for removal of the conditions, Green Card holders married to U.S. citizens are required to attend an immigration interview. The
couple must prove that they living together as husband and wife. The purpose of the interview is to verify that the marriage was entered in good faith and not for the purpose of obtaining immigration benefits. The requirement for marital interviews to take place following two years of marriage was created by Congress in 1986. By requiring those that received Green Cards through marriage to attend an interview, the USCIS aims to discover fake marriages that were entered into for economic, business or immigration purposes.
Remove Conditions on a Green Card obtained through Investment
Individuals who obtained a conditional Green Card through Investment have to prove that the investment and business is viable. Evidence that may be required include tax returns, audited financial statements, and other business documents.
Green Card holders planning on applying for U.S. citizenship must fulfill a specific residency requirement
The time spent abroad does not count towards the residency requirement. However, Green Card holders may submit the "Application to Preserve Residence for Naturalization Purposes." For more information about traveling with a Green Card and how to apply for a Reentry Permit, it is recommended to order the Reentry Permit for Green Card Holders Application Guide.
The Remove Conditions on Permanent Residence Application Guide contains everything one needs to know in order to remain compliant with USCIS regulations governing conditional Green Cards.