USCIS announced today that marriage-based Conditional Permanent Residents (CPR) filing Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence, will now be issued receipt notices that extend their status for 18 months, instead of 12 months. This is a change also affecting those with a pending Form I-829, who obtained lawful permanent resident status through EB-5.
This change is expected to ease the process of Removal of Conditions, as USCIS processing times for Form I-751 are frequently taking over 12 months (ranging from 13-36 months at varying service centers). CPRs were having to frequent USCIS field offices to try obtaining an additional extension through InfoPass Appointments, if USCIS had not yet adjudicated their case prior to the first 12-month extension. Many unable to make an appointment online were attempting walk-in InfoPass appointments, with no guarantee to be served.
Now, with the 18-month extension of their status, as evidenced by the original receipt notice from filing Form I-751, CPRs are more likely to receive a decision (and new Lawful Permanent Resident card) within the longer extension timeframe. This will alleviate stress on CPRs while they wait for the adjudication of their Petition, and hopefully lessen the burden on USCIS for quicker processing times.
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