Conditional residency in the United States is attached to marriage-based residency permits or “green cards.” Conditional residency allows U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) a second opportunity to verify that a marriage is real and not a union entered into for the sake of immigration.
If you have conditional permanent residency status and want to apply to have those conditions removed, an experienced immigration attorney can help. Removal of conditions can open the door to citizenship. Failure to apply at the right time will qualify you to be removed from the United States.
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What Is Removal of Conditions?
The status of marriage-based immigrants, which includes spouses and children of these marriages, is conditional for two years following receipt of your green card. Although you enjoy the benefits of permanent resident status during those two years, your green card is not renewable. You must apply to have the temporary conditions of your status removed in a timely manner or risk being removed from the U.S.
The conditions apply to those who entered the U.S. through marriage to a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, and those who entered as the fiancé of a U.S. citizen before marrying them. The conditional status allows the USCIS to verify that your marriage is valid.