My I-751 Conditional Residence Removal Case is Pending for Too Long. How Do I Prove My Lawful Status?

The Form I-751 is used by conditional residents to remove the conditions on residence and obtain a 10-year lawful permanent resident card. The Form I-751 must be filed during the 90-day “window” before conditional residence expires. It cannot be filed late, but it also cannot be filed early. It takes much longer than 90 days for the new permanent resident card to be issued. Therefore, the conditional resident card will inevitably expire before the applicant can obtain the new card. This does not mean that the applicant’s lawful status expires. Lawful status continues until it is terminated by the government. How can a conditional resident prove his or her continued lawful status during the pendency of the I-751 case?

Once the I-751 is filed, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issues a Form I-797 receipt notice, which serves as proof of the conditional resident’s continued status for one year after expiration of the conditional resident card. Until recently, this had been sufficient for foreign nationals to prove their status during the entire pendency of the Form I-751. However, delays relating to the processing of Form I-751 have been an ongoing problem during the past year. At present, the California Service Center processing time report indicates that the average processing time for Form I-751 is approximately 15 months, while the Vermont Service Center processing time report indicates the average processing time for an I-751 Petition is approximately 13 months. In some cases, processing can take even longer, especially if the case is undergoing extended review.

Due to lengthy I-751 processing times, some conditional residents have cases that have been pending longer than the one-year extension of their conditional resident card and now need evidence of their status as evidence of work authorization, for international travel, to renew a state-issued driver’s license and for other reasons.

Conditional residents with a pending Form I-751 who are in need of evidence of their continued lawful resident status should be able to obtain a temporary I-551 stamp in their passport at a local USCIS office. The stamp, which may be obtained by scheduling an InfoPass appointment, is proof of their valid status. If there are no InfoPass appointments available and the conditional resident urgently needs to obtain an I-551 stamp, the local USCIS field office should be able to provide the stamp on an emergency/walk-in basis. Walk-in hours and procedures vary by local field office. If the request is based on an emergency, the emergent need for the stamp must be clearly documented. Additionally, the conditional resident should not request a temporary stamp more than 30 days before the expiration of the conditional permanent resident card extension, as the local office could refuse to issue it that early in advance.

The conditional resident should bring the following items to the local USCIS field office when seeking a temporary I-551 stamp:

  • Valid, unexpired passport;
  • InfoPass appointment notice (if applicable);
  • Form I-751 receipt notice;
  • Application Support Center (Biometrics) Appointment Notice, which bears the correct “receipt number” for purposes of verifying the pendency of the Form I-751;
  • Expired conditional resident card;
  • Proof of residence within the jurisdiction of the USCIS office; and
  • Proof of emergency (if relevant).
  • If the individual does not have a valid passport, he or she may obtain an I-551 stamp on an I-94 card that will be issued by the field office.  In this situation, the individual should also bring two passport photographs, which will be affixed to the card.

USCIS will typically issue the I-551 stamp with a validity period up to a maximum of 12 months. However, it has been reported that some USCIS local offices will only extend in 3 or 6 month increments. If the conditional resident’s passport expires prior to that time, the stamp will likely reflect the expiration date of the passport.

93 Comments

  1. HM

    I filed my I-751 Aug 10th, 2016. I only have a copy of my notice of I-797c (the one year extension letter) that expires on Aug 10th, 2017. Will that work with my passport and other documents to get an I-551 stamp??

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    • Yova Borovska

      Hi HM: It should work. You should also bring the stamped ASC (biometrics) appointment notice to prove that you completed the required fingerprinting/biometrics. The biometrics notice will also have the “real” receipt number that can be used to check the status online. The receipt notice usually contains a “dummy” receipt number that cannot be found when using the http://www.uscis.gov website. Have you checked online to confirm that the case is still pending? I hope this is helpful.

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      • dylan Chow

        hello Yova,

        My CR-89 was filed and later received on 01/09/2016 and my I-751 waiver was received at local USCIS office on 02/28/2018, I live in Seattle area. Do you know how much longer do I wait till I get to hear back from USCIS? I’ve tried to find a way to find out what is the oldest date of case received that Seattle USCIS is reviewing.
        what should I do and expect at this point to help this?

        Best regards!

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  2. vamsikallepalli

    Hi,

    I live in Houston, TX and all the field offices around here have no appointments, so do you think I can visit any other field office in the country to get an extension stamp in my passport, I have seen that the field offices in Harlingen, TX, New Orleans, Cleveland,OH have appointments in near future.

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    • Yova Borovska

      Hello Vamsi: You should be able to visit any office in the U.S. if you make an InfoPass appointment, but keep in mind that we have heard rumors that certain offices will not accommodate individuals outside of their jurisdiction. This issue appears to be office-specific and most offices should be able to accommodate you even if you live outside of their jurisdiction. Alternatively, if you approach your expiration date and there are no appointments, you can attempt to enter the USCIS office as a walk-in on an emergency basis with proof that you attempted to book an appointment previously and proof of an emergency (for example, work-related international travel). The key is to be kind and polite to the gatekeepers, and to show proof of a legitimate emergency for the walk-in. Thank you. – Yova

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      • vamsikallepalli

        Thank you Yova for the quick response, this is greatly appreciated. I have another month before my current stamp expires and will try book an infopass appointment at local office up until then.

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        • Yova Borovska

          You are welcome. Also, keep in mind that, once you are eligible for U.S. Citizenship (N-400), you can generally file that application even if your I-751 is still pending. USCIS is supposed to adjudicate the I-751 at the time of the N-400 interview if it is still pending at that time for some reason. Eligibility to for U.S. Citizenship is three years from conditional residence receipt for individuals who have been married to and living with a U.S. Citizen spouse during that period of time. You can file up to 90 days early, but not earlier. The three-year period begins at the time you received your conditional residence – your conditional resident card will have a notation stating “resident since ______.” I hope this helps!

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  3. Rachell

    If my 1year receipt expired and got a extension stamp, can I still travel other country ?

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    • Yova Borovska

      Hi Rachell: I cannot be 100% sure without reviewing your particular situation and documents, but generally speaking applicants with pending I-751 applications are allowed to travel abroad using the temporary, unexpired I-551 stamp placed in their passport by USCIS, even after the 1-year extension has expired.

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      • hal

        Hi Yova! How long is a I-551 usually? 30 days? So I travel for work often, and I haven’t received any results for my I-751, I should just keep requesting for an info pass to get an I-551 stamp? Or do you only get the stamp if you’re extension is expired, or expiring? I actually just received my notice of action; my conditional will expire on Aug 8, 2018; I travel for work sometimes, ergo this question, just in case I do need to travel after the extension date expires (hopefully and praying of course I will have received a positive result on our I-751 application). By the way, my NOA says “18 months from the expiration date on your form I-551.” Is this normal? Should I be concerned that it’s 18 months, instead of the usual 12 months? Also, thank you for your replies on the questions here. I haven’t come across an online “forum” but yours where the lawyer actually gives a substantial/solid reply/advice. It is deeply appreciated. Thank you!

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  4. Maria Charistine

    Hello my name is maria christine, i live in Moorhead, minnesota and my field office is minneapolis, my quedtion is there is an office at Fargo, ND, which i did my Fingerprinting, would they be able to do a I551stamp for me? Or do i have to make an appointment for info pass at the mInneapolis office?

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    • Yova Borovska

      Hello Maria: You should go to a USCIS Field Office, not the Application Support Center. The Field Office has the capability to issue an I-551 stamp while the Application Support Center might not have that capability. Therefore, you should go to Minneapolis.

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      • Maria Christine Pagharion

        That is great info. Thank you so much. This site is very helpful, to be honest with you than calling the csc.

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  5. Maria christine

    Now i am trying to get this info pass, and i am looking on it everyday and it always says no appointments available as of now! What can advise how to get this info pass?

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    • Yova Borovska

      A lot of times, you have to keep checking throughout the day as the USCIS offices release new appointments during different times of the day. If the current expiration is imminent and you have international travel plans or another urgent need to get the stamp (such as employment applications), you can try to walk in without an appointment with proof of the emergency/urgent need for the stamp. Depending on the office, they might let you in on a walk-in basis.

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    • Vy Nguyen

      My lawyer told me a trick that if you go on infopass website between 2-4am you’re more likely to get it. That is when the window is open. It worked for me. It’s really hard to schedule one during the day. Got my stamp today at the MSP field office. Good for work and travel. All I needed to bring were the infopass appointment confirmation letter (print out after scheduling), my valid passport, my I-751 receipt notice, expired green card (this will be destroyed once they give you the stamp). Wish you all the best!

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      • Yova Borovska

        This is a good tip, thank you Vy. Every office does this differently. I have noticed that our local office releases them throughout the day, although I have not tried in the middle of the night. 🙂

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      • Kofi

        Vy so they ask you of your biometric receipt also?

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  6. Lizzy

    Hello my name is lizzy. Got married to my husband in may 2013, i got my conditional greencard February 15, 2015. I was told it is conditional because my marriage was not yet 2yrs. I filed to remove condtion and in February 1st 2017, i received a 1yr extension and in march i went to my biometric appointment. February 16th 2018, i went to get a i551 stamp using infopass. Tracking my case status ,it still says pending. May 2018 makes my marriage 5years and February 2018 would have made my greencard 3years. When is it right to file for my cituzenship? Is it possible to go ahead and file for my citizenship now despite my i751 is pending? What could be the cause of delay with my case?

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    • Yova Borovska

      Hi Lizzy: I cannot give specific advice without reviewing your entire situation. However, generally, you can apply for U.S. Citizenship up to 90 days prior to the third anniversary from receiving your conditional (2-year) card, if you have been married to and living with your U.S. Citizen husband during that period of time. This is the case even if the Conditional Residence removal (I-751) case is still pending. This actually encourages USCIS to adjudicate both together. The I-751 case can be subject to normal extended processing times. It is currently taking over a year for most I-751s to be adjudicated and often even longer than that. If USCIS needs more information from you, it will contact you, but make sure to keep updating your address if you move, so USCIS knows where to mail things. USPS does not forward government mail.

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  7. GB

    Hi, I have a question about the 1-year extension. My 2-year conditional green card was to expire in 04/2017. So I had filed I-751 in 01/2017 (within the 90-day prior period). I got an extension for a year. I was under the impression that the extension was till 04/2018 but I found out now that it was till 01/2018. Anyway, I’m planning to get an info-pass appointment to get an extension stamp on my passport since I have to travel internationally in 07/2018. Did I delay in getting the infopass appointment since my 1-year extension was technically only till 01/2018? (Today is 03/19/2018 – which is few days before what I originally thought was the expiry of extension i.e. 04/07/2018). Thank you very much for your help in advance.

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    • Yova Borovska

      Hi GB: Normally, the extension is for one year after the 2-year card expires. What led you to believe it is one year from the I-751 filing? For a while the receipt notices for the I-751 contained verbiage that misled a lot of individuals to think that the extension was for one year from the receipt notice date. However, it should be one year from the 2-year card expiration date. Anyway, you should get the I-551 stamp as soon as possible to avoid further delays.

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      • Yova Borovska

        Also, the card, receipt and I-551 stamp are only proof of your permanent residence (conditional). Your residence continues despite the lack of proof. So as long as you filed your I-751 timely and you have not formally abandoned your green card or been found by an immigration judge to have lost your permanent residence, you continue to be a resident. However, it is important to have proof of your permanent residence, so you should get the stamp as soon as possible as discussed above.

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        • GB

          Hi Yova, thank you so much for your prompt reply. I suppose the source of my misinformation was the internet! I’m glad my original presumption was right. I have an infopass appointment for I-551 in a few days – do they usually stamp it right away or will they keep the passport and return with stamp after a few days? I have travel plans in 07/2018, so I’m planning to take my e-ticket print out as proof. Will I need anything else to ensure they will give me at least a 6-month stamp?
          Thanks,
          GB

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          • Yova Borovska

            They usually stamp it right away. They will take your expired 2-year card.

  8. Herby

    My green card expired on November 19,2017. I filled my I-751 last August 20,2017 . I got my I-797 last September extending my green card for another year. but up to now i have not received any notice for my biometrics. And in my case status it says that my I-751 was received by USCIS only last March 4, 2018? I am a bit confused can you shed light on this please.

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    • Yova Borovska

      Hi Herby: This is very case-specific and does not sound normal. You should call the 1-800 number to inquire about the status and discrepancy in the filing dates, as well as to request a biometrics notice. It is possible that somehow it took too long for USCIS to begin processing the case. Or the case may have been transferred to another office. Sometimes when a case is transferred to another service center or to the local office for an interview the online status updates to state that USCIS has received your case, even though it has been pending for many months. If the 1-800 number representatives cannot assist, you should schedule an InfoPass at your local USCIS Field Office. Thank you.

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      • mohammad

        I have the same exact situation and almost the same exact dates
        I have filed in florida though

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        • Hu Xue

          Same situation in here and my case has been pending for more than a year already.

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          • Yova Borovska

            We are now seeing that I-751 cases routinely take close to 18-21 months unfortunately, even if they are “straightforward” jointly-filed cases with no issues.

      • Yova Borovska

        Also, regarding the biometrics notice, I am now hearing from clients and other lawyers that USCIS has started to just use previously captured biometrics from the originally-filed green card case until the I-751 case is actually with an adjudicator. It takes 18-21 months on average for I-751s to get to an immigration officer for adjudication, which is why we have been told that USCIS doesn’t bother scheduling biometrics until after the case is actually being adjudicated. So it is possible that you might be called in for a biometrics appointment many months after filing. I still think it is good practice to call the 1-800 number to inquire.

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        • Ey A

          Dear Yova,
          I sincerely thank you for your detailed explanation in this site . quiet helpful.

          I agree with what you said here . It was exactly what I was told by uscis when I called.
          Please do you have any info for Jan 2 2018 joint filers, for i751? at CSC. we only received i797 which extend for one year but no biometric appointment. and in march saw on case status that it was received at the local office.

          On June 15 the status changed to case transferred to another office. Not sure why 2 transfers. very scary. could this because i called to ask in early june about it or does it mean anything?

          My priority day is Jan 2 2018.

          Thank you

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    • Amy

      I think you should call USCIS. In my case, I called after three months of not hearing back about the biometrics and turns out that they have written wrong my home address. I had to re-schedule another biometrics appointment and was lucky to actually go the wrong address and to find the letter with the new appointment. I was also able to update the address afterwards.
      Hope this helps. Best.

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  9. Andressa Johnson

    Hello, I have been waiting for my case to be processed since oct 2016. I just had my naturalization interview and my I-551 work permit will expire in 20 or so days. I tried to schedule an appointment with my local office but they aren’t accepting appointments and it defaulted me to a message system. I am waiting for them to contact me back. The naturalization officer said he will try to process my conditional prior naturalization. My worry is that what happens in April 30th and my job? If the paper work isn’t process or I can’t renew my stamp (my overall status is ok until October, it is my working permit that is the issue)? Do I have to stop working? Thank you

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    • Yova Borovska

      Some USCIS offices allow walk-ins for people whose proof of LPR status is about to expire and who have an urgent reason to obtain a stamp. You should attempt to obtain an I-551 stamp as a walk-in. Whether or not you must stop working depends on what document you presented to your employer for your initial I-9 verification. If you presented an unexpired conditional resident card, you do not have to stop working and your employer need not and must not attempt to ask for updated documents: https://www.uscis.gov/i-9-central/complete-correct-form-i-9/completing-section-3-reverification-and-rehires (employers should not reverify LPRs including conditional residents who presented an unexpired conditional resident card. The card is just proof of your permanent resident status, but your status does not terminate just because the card is expired. If you presented the expired green card plus the 1-year extension notice, or the temporary I-551 stamp, unfortunately, your employer would need to “reverify” and request a new document or combination of documents. But you can choose to present your DL (or other valid ID) and an unrestricted SS card instead (List B and C document). The employer cannot ask you to present a specific document. You can choose an acceptable document or combination from the I-9 form instructions: https://www.uscis.gov/i-9 (p. 3 of the Form I-9). The above is a generic description, I cannot give an opinion on your particular situation without knowing all the facts.

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  10. Jay

    Hi Yova, I have my NOA issued since 11/2017. I have been looking to travel but couldn’t because I heard rumors of people having challenges at the point of entry back to the US with the NOA that says notice of one year extension. I have scheduled an infopass appointment to get the i-551 stamp since the NOA appears to be just a piece of paper and might not be convincing enough for airport agents or boarder agencies on my way back. As indicated on your above post “Additionally, the conditional resident should not request a temporary stamp more than 30 days before the expiration of the conditional permanent resident card extension, as the local office could refuse to issue it that early in advance”. My NOA expires months away from today 11/2018. I have canceled my flight twice because of this unpredictable challenge I might have on my way back. Now I have to go on vacation with my wife outside the US. Please advise..

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    • Yova Borovska

      Some offices might allow stamping earlier than the 30 days, but this is Field Office specific. You can certainly attempt it. But if your current proof of status doesn’t expire until November 2018, it might be too early in my opinion. If you go and say that you are afraid to travel with just the notice, they might reject you. Our clients have been able to travel with just the NOA, the expired card and their foreign passports. We have had very few, if any, reports of problems returning with these documents. The only issue could be some slight delays upon returning, but I cannot recall anyone who was actually denied entry, unless the case was denied while they were outside for some reason. Even then, they are supposed to let you in, so you can fight the denial in Immigration Court. You remain a conditional resident until an Immigration Judge finds otherwise, or until you abandon your residence voluntarily. I cannot give an opinion regarding your specific situation, because I have not reviewed your unique circumstances. But the above is a general description of what we have seen in our busy practice with such cases.

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  11. Nick Jackson

    Hello, my wife has been waiting for her I-751 to process for 12 months. So, our 1 year extension is coming to an end now. My question is this. Since we do not plan to travel, and she does not work, is it necessary to even go through all the effort to get the stamp in her passport? Can we just stick it out another 3 months or so for the new green card to arrive in the mail?

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    • Yova Borovska

      Hi Nick: It would be a good idea to obtain the stamp, so she can have unexpired proof of her permanent residency. If there is some emergency requiring her to travel abroad, obtain employment, or apply for benefits from state agencies (e.g. a driver’s license or ID), not having the unexpired proof of her residency can be a problem. There is also no guarantee that it will only take another three months. The processing times posted online do not account for the possibility of receiving a request for evidence or an interview notice. Most I-751 cases that are jointly filed are approved without an interview, as long as all documents look good in the submission. Thank you and good luck.

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  12. Gordana Stojanoski

    Hi,my husband did his biometrics on February 9th, 2018. On February 28th, 2018 an update popped out on “online check status case” that the case has been received in my local office. After a month and 10 days another update popped out on the same “online check status case” that again the case has been received in my local office, but this time with just new date to April 9th, 2018. I am wondering what could this mean? Thanks !

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    • Yova Borovska

      I would suggest calling the 1-800 number or making an InfoPass appointment if you are curious about the online status meaning. The online status is not very reliable lately and sometimes the status updates do not make sense or appear late. It is also possible that the local office received the case for purposes of setting up an interview, although it sounds a bit early for an interview if you just filed in February. Also, most jointly-filed I-751s are not interviewed pursuant to the current policy.

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      • Gordana Stojanoski

        Thanks for replying Bora. We filed on December, 26th, 2017. But we have already made an Info Pass appointment, because the 1-800 costumer representative stated that they can’t see anything else except the latest update.

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  13. Madhukar

    Hi, I-751 online status for my case shows as ,On April 9, 2018, we received your Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence, Receipt Number XXXXXXXX, at your local office and my I-797 Notice of Action will expire by May 8, 2018. Can I schedule for Infopass for stamp?

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    • Yova Borovska

      If I understand correctly, you filed your application at some point in 2017, received the I-797 receipt notice extending your permanent residence for one year, then the status online recently changed to show that the form was received on April 9, 2018. If so, yes, please do go for an InfoPass, because your one-year proof is going to expire in May 2018 as you said.

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      • Alpha

        Hi I apply the form I 751 last September I wanna travel but I lost my green card and my valid passport

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    • Raj

      Wait till 15 June ,2018 , may approval on the way.. ..same case here ..I am also may 2017 filer .. hopefully approval comes within next four to six weeks so we don’t need to make appointment for info pass

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  14. Erick

    I got my 2 years conditional on 5/12/215.. i filed my I-751 on 02/12/2017 and got n extension for year after i got my biometrics done .. My was was transferred to another office <<>>.. I went to Chicago office a month ago the claimed work load and told me to wait..
    1- What to do in May 2018 cause my card with one year extension will expired on 5/12/2018
    2- Can i file for a citizenship now while me I-751 still pending?

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    • Yova Borovska

      We are now seeing that I-751 cases routinely take close to 18-21 months unfortunately, even if they are “straightforward” jointly-filed cases with no issues. Yes, you may file for citizenship now, if you meet the physical presence/continuous residence requirements. If the N-400 interview is scheduled prior to the I-751 decision, the immigration officer is supposed to adjudicate both at the time of the interview. Schedule an InfoPass at your local USCIS to obtain an I-551 stamp extending your status.

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  15. Lin

    Hi, I had an interview for i751 Aug 2017 after received the letter twice to submit more evidence. When I had an interview, the immigrant said just wait for three or four months. But then, it has been 8 months, I am still waiting for their response. My one year extension notice was already expired long time ago and my i551 stamp will expired on Aug 2018. It has been two years and a half since I applied i751. I am worried if I can just wait or i should do something. Because I moved to NJ on April and I requested to change the address. They didnt even confirm this request. I don’t know what to do. Also, can i get i551 stamp one more year if the current stamp is expired?

    My long story..
    I filed my i751 on Nov, 2015 and got one year extension notice and also did biometrics. One year after, Nov 2016, I received the first letter that i need to submit additional documents.
    My husband and I were didn’t have lease contract and no kids. Also, the address on all documents were very complicated due to my husband’s business situation. So, I did my best to gather all the evidences with tons of photos and affidavits to prove.
    However, I got second letter on Feb 2017 that they want more evidence. This time, I asked lawyer to help me. Altough lawyer organized and submitted for me, they scheduled an interview on Aug, 2017. So, my husband and I went to nyc immigrants office together without lawyer.
    My latest status was “Case was received at my local office on Mar 5th 2018.” I googled it what this means and it said I would be called in for an interview. I am not sure if it means stroke interview because I already had one last year.
    I hope this is a massive database error on their system like online ppl says.

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    • Yova Borovska

      Hi: It could be am error in the system or maybe your case was transferred to another office. I cannot tell without having reviewed the entire history/files. You should check with the lawyer who is currently working on your case as he or she would be in the best position to provide informed advice.

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  16. Ayedun

    Please Yova can you advise what you think might be delaying my case …have file in Jan 20 2017 till now i haven’t received my 10 years green card april 20 2018 would 15 months since have submitted my case i did info pass today 4/18/2018 they gave me stamp on my passport i later on check my passport and it has expired which i really didn’t know but i got the stamp on it …what do you think might be delaying my case and is 15 month still normal or what …..

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    • Yova Borovska

      We are now seeing that I-751 cases routinely take close to 18-21 months unfortunately, even if they are “straightforward” jointly-filed cases with no issues.

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  17. Lorena

    Hi! Thank you for this info! I made my appointment for May 3rd and my extension letter expires June 16th, do you think I will be denied? Also, I have those documents you listed, but I do not have a copy of the actual I-751 form I sent to them originally (I know, stupid), do I need that to get a stamp? Will that be a problem? Thank you so much!

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    • Yova Borovska

      It should be okay as you are close enough to the expiration. It is okay you don’t have the I-751 form, as long as you have the receipt notice to prove that you filed it.

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  18. Ali Rahbar

    Hi, I filed my i751 on July 2017 and got one year extension notice (until September 2018) and also did biometrics. I’m going to travel to Middle East, and I am concerned that at the return, the Airline officers are not informed about the extension letter (that is just a piece of paper) and do not allow me on board! Some months ago I traveled in Australia with the extension letter and the expired GC. At the return , the officer who was checking my documents was not familiar with the extension letter. Finally, he told me I let you go to US on your risk.

    Do you have any suggestions?

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    • Yova Borovska

      Sounds like poor training of the inspecting officers and airline officials. They are supposed to let you in with the unexpired extension notice and the expired conditional card. But there is always a risk that this would happen. You always take this risk when you travel. You can choose not to travel or wait until you approach the expiration of the notice, so you can obtain an I-551 stamp in your passport instead.

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  19. Nahomi

    I filled joint i751 on feb2017 . Still nothing . Do you know what date are they processing now ? Is it 100% sure that I’ll be call for an interview ?

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    • Yova Borovska

      18-22 months average. My most recent one that was approved was filed in Oct. 2016. Jointly-filed don’t normally get called in for an interview, but they do sometimes, especially if there is some red flag or if the paperwork submitted is insufficient to prove the bona fides of the marriage.

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  20. Mariana

    My husbands I797 expires on may 20 . Does he have to get stamp even if we do travel inside the u.s. his case status says received on march 5 2018. Biometrics were done on may 2017. He is also worried for his job .

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    • Yova Borovska

      He should get a stamp in case there is some emergency requiring him to travel abroad or in case he loses his job and needs to apply for a new one.

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      • Mariana

        Thank you we dont travel abroad but we are planning on traveling to other states does he have to get it for that ?

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        • Yova Borovska

          You do not need this to travel domestically within continental U.S.

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  21. Luisa Calle

    My wife’s I-797 has recently expired and we still haven’t heard back from the I-751. Do we need to get an extension on the I-797 before traveling to Europe for 2 weeks or will they accept her expired I-797?

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  22. Eunice

    Hey this Eunice I applied my 1-751 on October 2017 .Got my 1 year extension.After not seing my case online or any notice from them on February I called customer service to ask what was going on they told me they will answer me in 2 weeks . On end of February checked online status says that my case was received at my local office . Then on April 8 th my online change th with the same status that they received my case at local office . Can you please tell me why my receiving of case changed after a month with the same status we receive you case at your local office.and why haven’t got biometrics and does it mean I will have interview if my case was transferred to my local office.

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  23. Btissame Aminar

    Hi, I filled the I 751 for more than one month, till now I did not receive any receipt . I read in the internet that the maximum time to got it is 3 weeks. Does it means I have any kind of problem in my file?

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  24. PS

    My NOA expired on april 7.Can I still get I551 stamp on my passport?

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  25. Todd

    My wife and I filed the I-751, and it was received by the California office on April 21st, 2018, according to tracking number from USPS. We are in the middle of the 4th week and we still have not received a receipt. Her conditional status ends June 15th. Is this typical these days? I’m anxious because we have no recourse to compel anyone to acknowledge it was received.

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  26. Meike

    Hello! Thank you for providing so much feedback! I just received a I797C that says I will not need to go to a biometrics appointment and that they reuse my previous data. (10 months after filing my I751 – however, I did receive a I797 extension letter 9 months ago) Is this a usual thing to happen? And does this mean the formal processing time (15.5-19 months) is only starting now? I am anxious and wonder what it might mean with regards to my timeline.

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  27. Chayo

    HI! My 2yr Conditional greencard expired last June 9, 2017. I filed i-751 on March 2017(so extension letter expires June 9, 2018) and is still pending. I also filed n400 last month (April 2018) I was hesitant to schedule for i-551 stamp appointment because I read some articles online saying that when you get your i-551 stamp they’ll take your expired greencard. But also in citizenship interview they will ask for your expired greencard (if Removal of condition is still pending), I got confused and bothered what if I cant show them anything. But after reading this article I am convinced that I should get a stamp. But my question is, my extension letter will expire soon (June 9, 2018), what if I wont get any available appointment before my expiry date? Can I still get it after June 9, 2018? Thank you.

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  28. Tatiana

    Hi, i filed my paperwork to remove conditions off my Green Card before the expiration date, and now 3 weeks later it expired but i still didnt receive anything from immigration (also they didnt cash the check yet), what should i do?

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  29. Sarah

    Hi – I filled on the I 751 form on April 20, 2018. My green card expires on July 11, 2018. It’s been over a month and I still did not receive the I 797 extension letter nor the biometric appointment letter. I need to show my employer proof of eligibility to work once my greencard expired. Can I request the I 551 stamp? Please advise.

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  30. Amanda Mazi

    My husband and I mailed his I 751 on May 4, and we received noticed via UPS that it was delivered on May 5. It’s May 21 and the checks have not been cashed, and no letter has been sent. My husband’s green card will expire the first week in June. I’m panicking!

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  31. Jasmeet

    Hi,
    I filed my I- 751 over a month ago on April 13, 2018 to the California Service Center and still haven’t received a receipt number. When I called USCIS, they initially told me to call back after 30 days. I’ve now called again, after more than 30 days and they said it takes between 30-60 days to get receipt notice. I have the tracking number and it was delivered. My green card expires June 8, Is this normal? Should I be worried ?

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  32. Marie Pan

    Hi, my I-751 was filed and received on 5/2/2018. It has been 3 weeks but still waiting for the receipt and my check hasn’t been cashed out. Is that normal to wait for that long ? My friend filed 3 months ago to Vermont Center as well and got the receipt 1 week after.
    Also, my green card expired on 5/6/2018. Should I worry about my status?

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  33. Sarah Baker

    Hi Yova,
    I have a complicated situation regarding my I 797 extension and was wondering if you might be able to shed some light on it. Basically my extension runs out in July and we will be overseas. Not only this but my American husband had now taken a job in Hong Kong. While we will still travel to the USA regularly, I’m slightly concerned about 1. My extension running out while I’m in the UK and not being able to extend from overseas and 2.being seen to “abandon” my green card if we aren’t living full time in the USA. I have two babies and will still be paying taxes but I’m not sure whether this is enough for the government!

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  34. Ramadan

    Hi, I filed my I 751 on 4/19/18 and until now I did not receive a notice of action that suppose to extend my residency for one year, and my green card will expire on 06/06/18, I called the 800 number and they said that my application is not in the system yet. I have a proof of usps traking number that they received it, it,s been now 35 days. what is the solution in your opinion please ?

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  35. kristine

    I have submitted my husband’s I-751 application and per the USPS tracking delivery of the package, the package was received since April 18, 2018, its been more than a month (its May 30, 2018 now), but the processing center has not even acknowledged my husband’s application nor collected our payment from our bank. I am worried that they have lost the package/ application. And I am worried not to get his receipt and visa extension on time since we are traveling out of the country this end of June 2018. Now my question is, how long does it normally take for the USCIS staff to put in his application into their database after the package/ application is received? I know it takes 15 months for them to process the GREEN CARD, but then how long should it take them to actually accept the payment or reply to us if there are missing requirements?

    I have contacted Customer service reps and even was escalated to tier 2 reps and officers, but still did not receive an answer.

    i don’t know what to do. Please advise.

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  36. William Renaud

    Hi there, i have just been approved for naturalization, oath is scheduled for the end of this month, I was wondering, also at the same time, they adjudicated my 10 year card and approved that. I was wondering, my CDN passport has been stamped for a year (due to the time it took for processing my 751 ( 15 months ) for my ten year card ) which doesn’t expire until February 2019, my situation is can I cross the border here in Detroit to go to Canada for a day and when I come back into the US the next day, will they honor my stamp on my passport that I have that related to the pending 751 at the time. I wasnt sure if that stamp expiring 2019 is still valid as I just had ny 10 year approved at the same time I passed my naturalization interview / test.
    Thankyou

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  37. Akeem

    I got my 2-years GC on 06/28/2016. I filed my I-751 on 04/09/2018. After filing I realized, I attached the wrong amount and I called the National Service center after one month of my filing and no response from USCIS and was told they don’t have a record of my documents meaning it might have got lost even when USPS indicated that it was submitted. I waited for 2months until 05/25 to send another set of documents with the correct amount in money order and it was received at their office on 05/29. But today 06/02, I received the first package back from USCIS with a one-letter page asking that I correct the amount attached and resend back. My question is should I call them that I have resend another set of documents or disregards the letter.

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  38. Alban Bici

    Hi,

    I did my biometrics on January 3rd 2018 to removed the conditional status on my greencard. When i check my case number online it says, “On April 9, 2018, we received your Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence, Receipt Number XXXXXXXXX,” . When do you think they will send me a letter for Interview? And my second question is, In September i am traveling with my wife on vacation, Is the letter of notice enough proof to leave and enter the U.S., or should i apply for a greencard Stamp? My Letter of Notice doesn’t expire till March 2019.

    Thank You!

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  39. elisabeth k

    Hi, thank you for the great article. I just have a quick question. My green card expires this coming June 24. I have sent my I797 application and as per tracking the USCIS Laguna Niguel office should have received it on May 8. Today is June 5 and I have not received the I-751 form yet. The check I sent them has not been cleared either. Should I start contacting the USCIS office?

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    • elisabeth k

      Oops sorry I was mistaken, I meant I sent my I-751 already but haven’t received the I-797 confirmation after almost a month of tracking confirmation.

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  40. Trudy

    i filed in Jan 2017. i understand it takes a while to remove the conditions. i have the stamp in my passport, can i apply for a new job while the i-7551 is still pending?

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  41. Lili

    Hi! My extension letter expires on Nov 2018. I went to the USCIS Office in Milwaukee, WI to get a stamp around Jan 2018, and they said that it is not necessary for travel, with the extension letter is enough. I have a scheduled trip for December 2018 and my letter will be expire by that time. I’m a little worried because I know some airlines don’t accept this types of documents, like you said not all of them are prepared for these cases.
    My question is, when I should go again to the USCIS office to get the stamp? One month before my letter expires?
    Thanks for all your help.

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  42. Barry

    Hi. Can my wife change her last name after I-751 filed? here is a sticky situation: My wife kept her last name after we married in US. We have a baby now and baby has my last name. My wife needs to travel to our home country. According to our home county law, wife have to take husband’s last name. She can still keep maiden name next to husband’s last name. So we have to change her passport now with her first, maiden last name and my last name. Green card has only first and maiden last name. We did our I-751 with first and maiden last name. Our I-751 application still in process. what to we need to do? can we have a trouble at re-entry to US? do we need to inform USCIS with this name change? i am afraid it will further delay her permanent green card application.

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  43. israel

    hi Yova,
    My conditional status will be expired on December 2018 and will be sending my I-751 application on the 2nd week of September 2018.
    However, something came up with my family back home.My dad is in a bad shape now and i really need to go home to see him before it’s too late. Am i allowed to travel 2 months before the 90 days expiration of my green card- probably by august? I am planning to stay there for 5 weeks and be back here in September to send my application. Or should i wait until i am able to file my application , receive the official receipt from the immigration and get a stamp on my passport? Your advice is greatly appreciated!

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  44. Ani Malini

    My I-751 is pending for almost 3 years. I’m legitimately married to an American Citizen for 6+ years, but have a history of voluntary departure. After leaving I stayed out of the US for 5 years when I came back thru the front door. Would that voluntary departure(for being out of status on H1B visa) be a obstruction to obtain my 10-year green card?

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  45. Yuliya

    Sorry, if you already answered similar question and I missed it. But… I’m also awaiting for my I-751 approval
    (current status is ‘form under review’. I wasn’t called for biometrics, they said they pulled it from old ones, still took my biometrics fee though. Weird, but my case was mailed to California office and I live in Nashville, TN, maybe that’s why).
    If my waiting comes to this – that I will need to get I-551 stamp in my passport, my question is…
    I still have my maiden name in my passport. My conditional green card was given to me in my husband’s last name, which is my current last name and the only name I use. I don’t travel and don’t plan to, therefor I left my passport as it is.
    Is the last name discrepancies going to be an issue at InfoPass appointment? My marriage certificate is in my maiden name as well. Should I better start now going through lengthy, painstaking, expensive process with my country’s embassy to get a new passport with my current last name?
    To explain or complicate it further – I am from Eastern Europe where we have two passports. International passport – the one I use everywhere and internal passport – the one I would only use in my country of birth and the one that basically lets me back in there. I can replace my international passport here in US, but my internal passport can only be replaced back where I’m from. So I left everything as it is, to avoid different last names in my two passports. And maybe change them both together if I would ever go back.
    Thank you!

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  46. Amy

    I would like to know, is it enough with the NOA to travel abroad with an expired green card? or I a stamp I-551 needed?

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  47. haley

    Hi, Did anybody travel with i551 stamp?

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  48. Mohammad

    Hi,

    after one of extension expired my casae status now says it has been transferred to another office and on the notice that they have sent me says that i will be called for an interview. it has been more than a month i have received this letter and i did hear anything from them. Please respond me…Thanks

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  49. Julia C

    Hello! My husband, kid and myself are looking to travel to Russia for 2 weeks to visit family. He just got his Russian visa. We filed his i751 in September 2017, completed biometrics and the rest is pending. Currently it says online that theyre only processing Nov 2016. His stamp extension expires in October 2018.

    Does he a) need to get another stamp before traveling to prove extension? b) is it safe to travel with an expiring stamp in 3 months (2 months at tie of travel). I’m just excessively worried given the current climate. I’m a dual citizen and will be traveling with him, so hopefully that will help.

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