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USCIS Updates Form I-797 Receipt Notices for I-751 Applications

Beginning on June 11, 2018, petitioners filing Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence, or Form I-829, Petition by Entrepreneur to Remove Conditions on Permanent Resident Status, will receive an updated Form I-797 receipt notice. The Form I-797 receipt notice can be used as evidence of continued status for up to 18 months past the expiration date of a Permanent Resident Card, rather than the previous 12 months, when presented alongside the expired card.  
USCIS has made this update from 12 to 18 months as a result of the increased processing times for Form I-751 and Form I-829 within the last year. In addition, USCIS will issue new Form I-797 receipt notices to eligible conditional permanent residents who had a Form I-751 or Form I-829 still pending as of June 11, 2018. These Form I-797 receipt notices may also be used as evidence of continued status for up to 18 months after the expiration date on a petitioner’s Permanent Resident Card. 
USCIS also reminds conditional residents who plan on being outside the United States for a year or longer that they must apply for a re-entry permit by filing Form I-131, Application for Travel Document, before leaving the U.S. 
If you have received a conditional green card through marriage and have questions on removing those conditions, please contact Berardi Immigration Law today to set up a free consultation with one of our attorneys!