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Conditional residency statuses may be removed

| Dec 7, 2020 | Firm News

If you are living in the United States with a green card, you probably have some conditions on residency. Obtaining permanent residency status in the United States allows you to stay here and work in the country. For most people, this also creates a great sense of security that they won’t have to be worried about deportation.

However, you should know that even a permanent residency status could be conditional. This is particularly the case if you are married to a U.S. citizen and have obtained your green card through marriage.

What is a condition placed on green cardholders?

Some green cardholders will have conditions placed on their permanent residencies. For example, if you marry a U.S. citizen and have been married for fewer than two years when you get a green card, that green card will be conditional. Both you and your spouse will need to file a joint petition to have that condition removed in the future. For that specific condition, you will need to apply for the condition to be removed within 90 days of the second-year anniversary of the green card being issued to you.

If that sounds complicated, you’re not alone in thinking so. Time passes quickly, and it is possible to miss that deadline if you are not cautious. It’s a good idea to work with an attorney when you get your green card, so they can keep you updated on when you want to apply for the conditional status to be released.

Our website has more information about how you can protect yourself and your permanent residency status. You deserve to have the security of being able to stay in the home and country that you love.