An I-751 Form is referred to as a "Petition to Remove Conditions of Residence." If you currently are a U.S. conditional resident based on either your or your parent’s marriage to a U.S. citizen, your status as a conditional resident lasts only two years. Near the end of these two years, you must use Form I-751 to ask U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to remove the conditions and make you a permanent resident (with a regular green card).
Filling out Form I-751 isn’t too difficult by itself - see how here. But it’s important to attach adequate documents to support your Form I-751, as described in this article. Some of these documents are fairly standard, but in other cases, you’ll need to pick and choose which types of documents will best support your claim for permanent residence.
Along with the I-751 Form, you’ll need to submit the following documents to USCIS:
Note that, if any of your documents are in a foreign language, you must submit an English translation along with them.
Showing USCIS that your (or your parent’s) marriage is the real thing, and not just a sham to get a green card, is an important part of the application. USCIS is on the lookout for fraudulent marriages – that’s the whole reason the conditional residency system was created in the first place. USCIS recommends putting together a selection of the below documents, covering the two years since you were granted conditional residence:
If you don’t have many of these, add whatever types of documents you think will best support your case.
If you are unable to file Form I-751 jointly with your U.S. citizen spouse or parent, due to death, divorce, abuse, or certain other circumstances, you may seek a waiver of the joint filing requirement. In support of your waiver request, you will have to submit the following types of additional documents with the I-751:
If you are currently located outside of the United States, either as a result of a government or military order, you must also submit the following documents:
People filing Form I-751 within the United States don’t have to worry about these, because they will pay a biometrics fee along with the application, and USCIS will call them in to have the photography and fingerprinting done.
It is a good idea to hire a qualified lawyer when preparing all the documents described above – particularly if you’re applying for a waiver of the joint filing requirement. A lawyer can help simplify the process and make sure all requirements are fulfilled so that your case is not delayed for lack of documents or ultimately denied.