Pending I-829 or I-751 Now Extends Validity Period of Conditional Green Card by 48 Months07 Feb 2023
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced it will significantly extend the validity period of a green card belonging to a conditional permanent resident (CPR), when the CPR files a petition to remove conditions on residence (form I-751) or a petition by investor to remove conditions on permanent resident status (form I-829). The USCIS will now extend the validity period of the green card by 48 months beyond the expiration date listed on the green card, as long as the I-751 or I-829 remains pending.
Extension of Green Card Validity
This policy went into effect for form I-829 petitions filed on or after January 11, 2023. For form I-751 petitions, the change went into effect on January 25, 2023. The USCIS is in the process of issuing updated receipt notices to eligible CPRs with a pending I-829 or I-751.
This policy change is helpful, given that processing times for many I-829 and I-751 petitions have lengthened beyond the two-year extension previously granted by these receipt notices. Needless to say, however, a far better solution would be for the USCIS to implement changes that would allow these cases to be processed within a reasonable timeframe.
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