USCIS extending expired green cards for 48 months with properly filed I751 applications
USCIS announced that it will extend expired green cards for up to 48 months if an I-751 petition to remove conditions on residence was properly and timely filed.
Green card holders who were married for fewer than two years at the time their green card was approved will be issued a 2-year green card known as conditional residency. In these cases, the green card holder will have to apply for a 10-year green card known as permanent residency in the 90-day window before their 2-year green card expires.
When an I-751 petition is submitted, USCIS will mail a receipt notice to the green card holder that automatically extends the validity of the green card beyond the current expiration. In the past, the extension was granted for 12 months – and eventually 18 or even 24 months. However, with I-751 processing times facing major backlogs, USCIS has decided to extend expired green cards for 48 months (4 years).
The goal is to ensure that those who are waiting for a decision on the 10-year green card to be able to continue working and traveling abroad without any interruption or disruption.
If you currently have a 2-year conditional resident green card, feel free to contact us to discuss logistics with respect to applying to remove the conditions.