What is Conditional Permanent Residence?

Conditional Permanent Residency Explained


A conditional permanent resident green card is valid for only 2 years. In order to maintain one’s permanent residency, a conditional permanent resident must file a petition to remove the condition during the 90 days before the card expires, but NOT before or else the petition will be rejected. The conditional green card cannot be renewed. If one loses their conditional green card or it is destroyed and it is not about to expire, then it can be replaced using Form I-90. It is important that the conditions be removed or one will lose their permanent resident status.

Conditional Permanent Residency and Removing Conditions

• If one’s conditional status was based on a marriage, such as a fiancé coming to the U.S. on a K-1 visa, then they must file Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence.

• If one’s conditional status was based on being an investor, then they must file Form I-829, Petition by Entrepreneur to Remove Conditions on Permanent Resident Status.

Once your petition is approved, you will be sent a new Green Card valid for 10 years. At that point, the Green Card Renewal or Green Card Replacement process involves the use of Form I-90.

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