USCIS sends automatic 18-month residency extension notices to Removal of Conditions applicants

The USCIS recently began issuing updated notices to Removal of Conditions applicants (form I-751) that residency status has automatically been extended from the current 12 months, to 18 months. The notices come in response to every increasing USCIS processing times for these type of immigration cases, which can currently take in excess of two years.

Applicants’ residency status is extended for 18 months past their Green Card expiration date, not 18 months from the notice date. For instance, if an applicant’s Green Card expired on June 1, 2017, the notice will extend Residency status until December 1, 2018. Residents whose cases are not decided by that date, can make an Infopass appointment at the local USCIS office and request an additional Residency extension for an additional year.

To request the extension, applicants need to bring the USCIS  Residency extension notice (called I-797 Notice of Action), along with their expired Green Card and Passport.

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