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Form I-751, officially called Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence is a USCIS form, used to remove conditions on a 2-year green card and obtain a permanent green card of 10 years.

This process is known as “Removing Conditions on Residence”. 

We have a detailed guide explaining everything you need to know about the Form I-751 and step-by-step instructions on how to fill out the form. You can find it here.

Filing the Form I-751 is a critical step for a conditional resident to become a 10-year green card holder

Thus, conditional green card holders should not overlook the importance of submitting all the supporting documents that must be included with their form I-751.

In this guide we provide a detailed checklist of all the supporting documents you will need to submit along with your Form I-751

A basic checklist of supporting documents you need to provide with Form I-751 includes:

  • Copies of front and back of conditional permanent resident card,
  • Copies of leases or mortgages in both spouses’ names,
  • Financial records depicting joint ownership assets and responsibility for liabilities, 
  • Joint tax filings and returns, 
  • Photographs of married couple together, 
  • Sworn affidavits from friends, proving evidence of marital relationship
  • Evidence for filing late, in cases of spousal death, divorce, annulment, or abuse  
  • Criminal charges, arrests, or convictions (if any)
  • Copy of Permanent Resident Card of children (if applicable)
  • Explanation for filing without spouse (if applicable)
  • Documentation of assets and liabilities (if any)
  • Evidence of joint asset values (if applicable)
  • Copy of court order(s), like legally changing your name (if applicable)
  • Any record showing criminal activity (if applicable)
  • Complete documentation of interpreter (if applicable)
  • Two completed Form FD-258 Fingerprint Cards (if applicable)

Form I-751 Checklist of Supporting Documents

You must be very careful and double check if you have attached all the documents, before submitting your form to USCIS.

Make sure you don’t send any original documents unless specifically requested in the instructions or applicable regulations. 

Provide only photocopies of supporting documents.

If you submit any documents in a foreign language, you must include a full English translation along with a certification from the translator verifying:

  • The translation is complete and accurate,
  • The attached documents are competent to translate from the foreign language to English,
  • Translator’s contact phone number and email, and
  • Translator’s signature and date of signature

The table below lists all the supporting documents, you must attach with your Form I-751.

ALL applicants and  must include these supporting documents provided below:

Type of document Examples of documents 
Copies of the front and back of your Permanent Resident Card
  • Conditional green card
Copies of the front and back of the Permanent Resident Cards of any conditional resident children you are including in your petition (if applicable) 
  • Your children’s conditional green cards (if applicable)
Evidence showing that marriage was entered in good faith and not for evading immigration laws

Copies of documents showing you continue to live together:

 

  • Lease or mortgage agreements in both your names
  • Joint federal and state tax returns
  • Joint savings and checking accounts with transaction history
  • Proof of shared assets 
  • Joint credit card statements
  • Utility bills showing both your names
  • Joint installment or other loan payments
  • Copies of children’s birth certificates together, born during the two year period
  • Certificates of ownership for any properties owned jointly
  • Sworn affidavits from at least two credible sources, confirming the authenticity of your marriage
Explanation for filing late (if applicable)
  • On a separate sheet of paper, provide the explanation of filing late. Include your name and USCIS# on the top of each additional sheet
Dispositions on criminal charges, arrests, or convictions since becoming a green card holder (if applicable)
  • If you have any criminal records, you must provide copy of your criminal records
If you are filing from overseas
  • Two U.S. passport-style photographs for each petitioner and dependent (children)
  • Two completed Form FD-258 Fingerprint Cards for each petitioner and dependent, from ages 14 to 79,
  • A copy of current military or government orders, if filed during military or government service (if applicable)

Note: If you are filing the Form I-751 from within the United States, you will have to pay a $85 biometrics fee together with the application.

If you are not filing the Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence (Form I-751) jointly, you will need to submit additional documents.

The table below lists all the supporting documents for special cases (not filing jointly):

I-751 Death of Spouse Checklist 

Type of evidence Examples of supporting documents
Evidence of marital relationship

Copies of documents showing that marriage was entered in good faith:

  • Lease or mortgage agreements in both your names
  • Joint federal and state tax returns
  • Joint savings and checking accounts with transaction history
  • Proof of shared assets
  • Joint credit card statements
  • Utility bills showing both your names
  • Joint installment or other loan payments
  • Copies of children’s birth certificates together (if any)
  • Certificates of ownership for any properties owned jointly
  • Sworn affidavits from at least two credible sources, confirming the authenticity of your marriage 
Petitioning spouse’s death certificate (if applicable)
  • Death certificate
Explanatory reason for filing separately from your primary conditional permanent resident parent (if case applies)
  • On a separate sheet of paper, provide the explanation of filing separately from your primary conditional resident parent. Include your name and USCIS# on the top of each additional sheet

I-751 Termination of Marriage (Divorce) Checklist

Type of evidence Examples of supporting documents
Evidence of marital relationship

Copies of documents showing that marriage was entered in good faith, until the termination of marriage:

  • Lease or mortgage contracts in both your names
  • Joint federal and state tax returns
  • Joint savings and checking accounts with transaction history
  • Proof of shared assets
  • Joint installment or other loan payments
  • Copies of children’s birth certificates together (if any)
  • Certificates of ownership for any properties owned jointly
  • Sworn affidavits from at least two credible sources, confirming the authenticity of your marriage 
Final divorce decree or any other document terminating or annulling the marriage
  • Divorce decree
Explanatory reason for filing separately from your primary conditional permanent resident parent (if case applies)
  • On a separate sheet of paper, provide the explanation of filing separately from your primary conditional resident parent. Include your name and USCIS# on the top of each additional sheet

I-751 Extreme Cruelty/Abuse Checklist

Type of evidence Examples of supporting documents
Evidence of marital relationship

Copies of documents showing that marriage was entered in good faith, until the termination of marriage:

  • Lease or mortgage contracts in both your names
  • Joint federal and state tax returns
  • Joint savings and checking accounts with transaction history
  • Proof of shared assets
  • Joint installment or other loan payments
  • Copies of children’s birth certificates together (if any)
  • Certificates of ownership for any properties owned jointly
  • Sworn affidavits from at least two credible sources, confirming the authenticity of your marriage 

Any credible evidence relevant to such abuse.

The determination of what evidence is credible and the weight to be given is within the sole discretion of USCIS.

Evidence of abuse may include but are not limited to, copies of reports or official records issued by:

  • Police, courts, medical staff, school officials, clergy, social workers, and other social service agency staff,
  • Protection orders,
  • Evidence of entry into a shelter or refuge for the abused, or similar refuge, 
  • Affidavits from witnesses, and/or
  • Photographs showing evidence of your injuries.
If your marriage was terminated by divorce on grounds of physical abuse or extreme cruelty, a copy of your divorce or annulment decree.
  • Divorce decree
  • Annulment decree (if applicable)
Explanatory reason for filing separately from your primary conditional permanent resident parent (if applicable)
  • On a separate sheet of paper, provide the explanation of filing separately from your primary conditional resident parent. Include your name and USCIS# on the top of each additional sheet

I-751 Terminated Status and Removal Proceedings Checklist

If you will be filing a waiver of the joint filing requirement due to  termination of your status and removal, resulting in extreme hardship:

Type of evidence Examples of supporting documents

Evidence of extreme hardship.

This hardship must prove to be greater than hardships met by other foreign-born people who are removed, on accounts of extended stays.

  • Evidence must relate only to the factors met during the two-year period, admissible while being a conditional resident.
Explanatory reason for filing separately from your primary conditional permanent resident parent (if case applies)
  • On a separate sheet of paper, provide the explanation of filing separately from your primary conditional resident parent. Include your name and USCIS# on the top of each additional sheet

I-751 Applicants With Criminal Records Checklist

Apart from the four special cases stated above, there are a couple of cases related to people having criminal records, during the period of their conditional residency in the United States.

Such petitioners need to submit these additional documents, along with their Form I-751, in addition to all other required supporting documents.

These documents are provided below:

If you have been Eligible/Supporting Documents Additional supporting documents

Arrested or detained by law enforcement

for any reason, either in the United States or abroad

  • An original or court-certified copy of the complete arrest record, and/or
  • Disposition for each incident, like dismissal order, conviction record, or acquittal order.
Convicted or placed in an alternative sentencing program or rehabilitative program (like drug treatment or community service program)
  • An original or court-certified copy of your sentencing record for each incident, and
  • Evidence that you completed your sentence.

The documents should mainly include:

  • An original or certified copy of your probation or parole record, or
  • Evidence that you completed an alternative sentencing program or rehabilitative program.
  • An original or court-certified copy of the court order vacating, setting aside, sealing, expunging, or otherwise removing the arrest or convictions, or
  • An original statement from the court that no record exists of your arrest or conviction, in case no record is available.

 

Where to Mail the Form I-751? 

You can mail your complete Form I-751 application to these addresses, depending upon where you reside. 

If you live in: File here

Alaska

American Samoa

Arizona

Arkansas

Armed Forces – Pacific 

California

Colorado

Guam

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois

Iowa

Kansas

Louisiana

Minnesota

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Mexico

North Carolina

Northern Mariana Islands

Oklahoma

Oregon

Palau

South Dakota

Utah

Washington

Wisconsin

Wyoming

If mailing via the U.S. Postal Service (USPS):

USCIS

P.O. Box 21200

Phoenix, AZ 85036

 

If mailing via FedEx, UPS, and DHL deliveries:

USCIS

Attn: I-751

1820 E. Skyharbor Circle S

Suite 100

Phoenix, AZ 85034

Alabama

Armed Forces – Europe

Armed Forces – the Americas

Connecticut

Delaware

District of Columbia

Florida

Georgia

Indiana

Kentucky

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Mississippi

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New York

North Dakota

Ohio

Pennsylvania

Puerto Rico

Rhode Island

South Carolina

Tennessee

Texas

U.S. Virgin Islands

Unknown

Vermont

Virginia

West Virginia

Is mailing via the U.S. Postal Service (USPS):

USCIS

P.O. Box 660480

Dallas, TX 75266

 

If mailing via FedEx, UPS, and DHL deliveries:

USCIS

Attn: I-751

2501 S. State Hwy. 121 Business

Suite 400

Lewisville, TX 75067

 

You can find detailed information on the complete processing timeline for Form I-751 here.

 You can check the status of your Form I-751 using this link. You can also check the processing time for the field office where you filed your form.

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Related Links

Form I-751 – How to Remove Conditions on Your Green Card [2020]

How to Fill Out Form I-751 – Step-By-Step Instructions [2020]