7/21/2017

33 Great Documents for Proving a Bona Fide marriage on an I-751 Petition or adjustment of status marriage case

Documents Used to Prove a Bona Fide Marriage

A marriage certificate proves the legality of a marriage, but it doesn’t prove that the marriage is genuine for the purposes of starting a life together. USCIS wants to confirm that the marriage was entered in “good faith” and was not for the purpose of circumventing immigration laws. When filing Form I-751, you will also be asked to submit copies of as many documents as you can to establish this fact and to demonstrate the circumstances of the relationship from the date of marriage to the present date. The documents can include but are not be limited to the following examples:

Evidence of Cohabitation
Generally, a married couple will live together. Although cohabitation is not always the case, it’s an indicator and good evidence to establish the couple has a bona fide marriage. The following are examples of acceptable documents to be used as evidence of cohabitation:
  • Deed to property showing both names
  • Mortgage or loan documents showing both names
  • Lease agreement showing both names
  • Drivers’ licenses or IDs showing the same address
  • Bank statements showing the same address
  • Voided or cancelled checks showing the same address
  • Utility bills showing the same address (electricity, water, gas, trash, cable, internet, cell phone, etc.)
  • Property insurance agreements, statements, or cards showing the same address
  • Health and life insurance statements showing the same address
  • Correspondence from friends, family, or businesses showing the same address
  • Affidavits from friends, family, neighbors, and landlords attesting to cohabitation (see section on affidavits)

Evidence of Raising Children Together
Proof of a child born into the marriage is compelling evidence of a genuine marital relationship. But it’s not necessary that you had children born into the marriage or have any children at all. Adopted or step-children raised in the household may also help establish the bona fide marriage. The following are examples of acceptable documents to be used as evidence of raising children together:
  • Birth certificates showing both spouses as parents
  • Adoption certificates showing both spouses as parents
  • Medical records evidencing an ongoing pregnancy
  • Evidence of a relationship with children or step-children (photos, vacation itineraries, school records, affidavits from friends, family, and teachers)
  • Evidence showing the non-related parent as an emergency contact for a step-child on school records, doctor’s records, etc.
Evidence of Commingling of Finances
Married couples will generally combine financial resources. This commingling of finances of finances is strong evidence of your good faith marriage. Even if you prefer to keep your finances separate, you may have some evidence of commingling that you may not realize. The following are examples of acceptable documents to be used as evidence of commingling of finances:
  • Bank statements for joint checking, savings, and credit card accounts
  • Voided and cancelled checks for joint accounts
  • Statements for joint loans or loans where one spouse is a co-signor for the other spouse
  • Copies of bank statements from separate accounts and cancelled checks showing that you share jointly in your financial responsibilities and big purchases (for example, if each spouse pays half of rent from a separate account or if each spouse paid one half toward the purchase of a car)
  • Joint health, life, property, and auto insurance agreements, statements, and cards
  • Utility bills showing both names (electricity, water, gas, trash, cable, internet, cell phone, etc.)
  • Tax returns filed as married showing both names
  • Documents showing joint ownership of real property, cars, or investments
  • Life insurance policies, wills, and trusts, designating your spouse as a beneficiary

Evidence of Intimacy
In most cases, couples filing Form I-751 are new to marriage. They’re in the “honeymoon phase” and are probably enjoying life experiences together. There are probably plenty records to demonstrate this. The following are examples of acceptable documents to be used as evidence of intimacy:
  • Photos from the couple’s wedding, honeymoon, vacations, family dinners, holidays, etc. (Recommendation: List the names of any other individuals in the photos as well as the approximate date and location.)
  • Travel itineraries and hotel bookings from joint vacations or trips
  • Photos from joint vacations or trips, particularly trips abroad to visit family members
  • Tickets to events you both attended or plan to attend
  • Receipts for any gifts you have purchased for each other
  • Cards from friends and family congratulating you on your wedding, anniversary, or other joint life events
  • Evidence that each spouse has met or communicated with the other spouse’s parents and relatives such as photos, letters, cards, or emails
  • Phone and text message records showing that you and your spouse communicate on a regular basis
  • Social media records such as screen shots of Facebook pages, posts and Twitter messages that show you spending life events together

Temporary Protected Status Designated Country: Haiti


TPS Extended Through:
Jan. 22, 2018
Re-registration Period for People Who Already Have TPS:
May 24, 2017 - July 24, 2017
Employment Authorization Document (EAD) Auto-Extended Through:
Jan. 18, 2018, but only for beneficiaries who re-register and request a new EAD
Continuous Residence Date in U.S. Since:
Jan. 12, 2011
Continuous Physical Presence in U.S. Since:
July 23, 2011
TPS Designation Date:
Jan. 21, 2010
TPS Re-designation Date:
July 23, 2011
Federal Register Notice Citations:
On May 24, 2017, USCIS announced the extension of the designation of Haiti for TPS for 6 months. This allows eligible Haitians (and people without nationality who last habitually resided in Haiti) to re-register for TPS. During this 6-month extension, beneficiaries are encouraged to prepare for their return to Haiti in the event Haiti’s designation is not extended again, including requesting updated travel documents from the government of Haiti. At least 60 days before Jan. 22, 2018, Secretary Kelly will re-evaluate the designation for Haiti and will determine whether another extension, a re-designation, or a termination is warranted, in full compliance of the Immigration and Nationality Act.

When to File for TPS

In order for you to maintain TPS status, you must re-register during the 60-day re-registration period that runs from May 24, 2017 to July 24, 2017. We encourage you to register as soon as possible within the 60 day re-registration period.
If you have never been granted TPS, you may be eligible to file a late initial application

Where to File

Send your TPS package to the appropriate address below:
If you live in:
Mail your application to:
The State of Florida
USCIS
P.O. Box 4464
Chicago, IL 60680-4464
For non-US Postal Service deliveries:
USCIS
Attn: Haiti TPS
131 South Dearborn, 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60603-5517
The State of New York
USCIS
P.O. Box 660167
Dallas, TX 75266-0167
For non-US Postal Service deliveries:
USCIS
Attn: Haiti TPS
2501 S. State Hwy. 121
Business, Suite 400
Lewisville, TX 75067
All other states
USCIS
P.O. Box 24047
Phoenix, AZ 85074-4047
For non-US Postal Service deliveries:
USCIS
Attn: Haiti TPS
1820 E. Skyharbor Circle S
Suite 100, Phoenix, AZ 85034

Automatic Employment Authorization Document (EAD) Extension

Eligible TPS Haiti beneficiaries who re-register and request a new EAD during the 60-day re-registration period may receive an automatic extension of their expiring EAD for up to 180 days from the date the current EAD expires. TPS beneficiaries are strongly encouraged to file their EAD applications as early as possible during the 60-day re-registration period to avoid lapses in documentation of employment authorization. If USCIS approves your TPS re-registration application and you paid the fee for a new EAD (or USCIS approved your fee waiver request), you will be issued a new EAD with the expiration date of Jan. 22, 2018.
For more information on TPS eligibility requirements, what to file, and step-by-step instructions on submitting a re-registration or initial TPS application package, go to the TPS web page.

Business / Investor Visas

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The visa type:

E2
E2 is a long-term extendable work visa. It is generally granted to investors from countries that have signed a bilateral treaty with the United States. The period is usually limited on the basis of contractual conditions that are specified by the treaty between the investor’s country and the United States.
The investor is expected to establish a company that will operate business activities in the USA. It will also be the investor’s sponsor for obtaining the visa. The company in the USA and the investor or his employee must fulfill the conditions for achieving the E2 visa.

Requirements for obtaining the E2 visa
The person/persons, who is/are citizens of a country that has the treaty in question with the United States, must own at least 50% of the shares of the American company.
The persons cannot have permanent residence in the United States and also cannot live in the United States on the basis of any other visas apart from the E2 visa.
The investment must come from the investor’s personal funds (or from a loan that is secured by the investor’s assets, ideally from a banking institution). Even though there are no standards that specify how much it is necessary to invest, the investment must be of a sufficient value to lead to the establishment of a lucrative enterprise, which will be able to continue expanding and developing. The company must contribute more than just marginally to the local economy, e.g. the investor cannot only invest enough to just pay for his/her living expenses. In addition to the enterprise paying the investor, the enterprise must also employ American workers and it must make a profit.
The applicants prove that they are qualified to hold the relevant position in the company. The investor’s intention also must be entering the United States solely for the purpose of the management and control of the enterprise.
Length of the process from the submission of the application: 15–30 days in accelerated proceedings, 60–90 days standard
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EB-5 green card through investment
In 1993 the United States government introduced the American Regional Central Program, which is better known as the EB-5 immigration visa, as a method of acquiring permanent residence in the USA by foreign investors.
This case is valid under the conditions that a minimum of 500 000 dollars was invested by foreign investors in areas that have shown a high level of unemployment, or 1 000 000 American dollars was invested into a business that was begun in a geographically approved areas and that offered the potential for the creation of at least 10 permanent full-time job opportunities for American workers; for these foreign investors, as well as for their families, this case would guarantee the right to the bestowal of temporary or conditional green cards at the initial period of two years.
Temporary or conditional green cards are subject to investments lasting for a period of two years, as well as the subsequent implementation of the aforementioned employment requirements. When suitably fulfilling these conditions, the investors become eligible for the issuing of permanent or unconditional green cards – here we mean the EB-5 immigration visa or U.S. Immigrant Investor Program. Nevertheless, during the course of the initial conditional period of two years the holders of EB-5 visas have the opportunity to make full use of the advantages connected with their American stay, with the exception of a permit to accept employment, and they are ultimately enabled to request citizenship of the United States of America.
The process for the submission of the application and eventual bestowment of an EB-5 immigration visa is a demanding process. It is important to adhere to all the currently valid rules in order to ensure that the foreign investor and the American company can benefit on the advantages of the EB-5 visa or US immigrant investor program.

Advantages of the EB-5 immigration program
The EB-5 immigrant visa or American EB-5 program for foreign investors is perhaps one of the most admired immigrant programs being offered throughout the world, particularly with regard to the actual flexibility of the program, just like the ever-increasing desire of foreign investors to emigrate to the safer American markets. In fact the USA does not place any limitations of any kind on the application’s language skills, business training or age, since it is a very simplified program. Permanent residents are not forced to remain physically or continuously in the USA. On the other hand, it enables them to use the advantages and comfort of maintaining professional and business relations with countries of their choice.

How is it possible to acquire an EB-5 green card?
An EB-5 green card can be acquired for making an investment in the scope of $ 500 000 in “targeted areas” or $ 1 000 000 in newly introduced areas.
If you are capable of creating at least 10 full-time jobs for American citizens, then you can become the holder of an EB-5 green card.
The investor’s partner and their single children younger than 21 years of age can also acquire an EB-5 green card together with the investor.
Length of the process from the submission of the application: 2–3 months
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L1 visa
This type of visa was created by Congress in 1970. The purpose was to enable multinational companies or organizations operating on an international level to send their employees or personnel to the USA to work on short-term allocated assignments. The L1 visa is divided into two categories, the L1A visa and L1B visa. Managers are assigned to the category of L1A visas, while L1B visas apply to employees with significant knowledge of the operating of the company (enterprise).
Applicants for an L visa must have at least one year of experience over the course of the last three years and this experience must be made for the sponsoring company.
The applicant must work in key employee/director positions or as a worker with expertise.
Following the expiration of the visa, the holder must leave the USA or arrange for a visa extension.
An overseas company must be directly connected or affiliated with the American company that sponsors the applicant for the L visa.
This visa provides a large opportunity for foreign companies to hire experienced employees for work in the USA and to enable them to be transferred from other branches all over the world.
Length of the process from the submission of the application: 15–30 days in accelerated proceedings, 60–90 days standard
Our office can ensure you a smooth immigration process. Please contact us for further information.

Difference between L1 and E2 visas (L work visa and E2 visa)
The E-2 investor visa enables you to enter and work in the United States on the basis of investments you manage. The visa must be renewed every two years. There is no limit on the renewal of the visas, but your investment must be “substantial”.
The L-1 visa enables you to enter the United States for the purpose of working under L-1 status. An L-1 visa is primarily a non-immigrant visa. It is only valid for a limited time. This short time can be a time period of from three months to one year. It can be extended, but at most for a period of seven years, though this depends on the country from which the employee enters the United States.

7/20/2017

L1 Visa Fees 2017 | Public Law Fee Increase, Extensions, Attorney Costs
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If you are interested in filing for an L1 visa in 2017, then you probably want to know how it will impact your finances. Fortunately, most of the L1 visa fees are the employer’s responsibility, but there are some costs that will be up to you.
In this post, we’ll cover the answers to some of the more common questions our firm receives regarding the L1 visa fees for 2017 including:
  • How much are the USCIS filing fees? How much are the attorney fees?
  • What changes have been made to the L1 visa fees since last year?
  • Which fees are my responsibility and which are my employer’s?
  • Can I use premium processing? Will it help my case?
  • How should the fee payments be made?
While we will be answering these questions in full, it is always advisable to consult an experienced L1 attorney to make sure that you are paying the correct fees.

L1 Visa Fees That Are Your Employer’s Responsibility

As we said earlier, most of the USCIS fees must be paid by your employer. In fact, the beneficiary is not even permitted to pay these fees by law. Doing so could result in serious consequences. Contact your immigration attorney if your employer asks you to pay these L1 visa fees. Here is the breakdown:
  • Basic Filing Fee: The standard fee for filing any I-129 petition is $460. This fee applies to new L1 visas as well as L1 transfers, extensions, or renewals.
  • Fraud Prevention and Detection Fee: This charge of $500 has been put in place to allow the USCIS to determine who is attempting to use the L1 visa to enter the U.S. through fraudulent means. It is applicable to all first time L1 visa petitions but it is not required for an L1 visa extension.
  • Public Law 113-114 Fee: According to the Consolidated Appropriations Act, certain employers must pay the $4,500 Public Law fee. This fee only applies to employers that have more than 50 employees working in the United States. Also, half of those employees must be under H-1B or L1 status.
  • Nonimmigrant Visa Fee: The fee that is required when you, the beneficiary, apply for the visa at a U.S. consulate or embassy is $190
  • Optional Fees: Some L1 visa fees are not mandatory. This includes the fee for premium processing, which is a service that will expedite your L1 visa process. Opting for premium processing will shorten the amount of time it takes to process your petition from several months to 15 calendar days for a fee of $1,225.
  • L1 Attorney Fee: While it is not recommended to work through an immigration case without an attorney, this is an optional fee. Your lawyer fee can vary wildly, but it is always best to choose an attorney you can trust. You can see our flat L1 visa attorney fees here.

What Changes Have Been Made to the L1 Visa Fees in 2017?

With a new presidential administration in place that has a keen interest in immigration policy, it is more important than ever to stay current with the most recent updates from the USCIS.
On December 23, 2016, the USCIS raised the I-129 basic filing fee from $325 to $460. There is plenty of content out there that still has the old filing fee. Be sure to double check with your immigration attorney about what the most recent fees are. If you file the incorrect fee, then your petition will be rejected, unnecessarily costing you both time and money.
Additionally, there is a new public law fee. In years past, the Consolidated Appropriations Act used Public Law 111-230 to demand a $2,500 fee from employers that qualify for this L1 visa fee. However, since December of 2015, that fee has increased to $4,500.
Now that President Trump is in office, we may be able to expect a further increase in these L1 visa fees. The purpose would be to discourage multinational companies from abusing the system and using the L1 visa to displace U.S. workers. Whether or not this plan will take effect or if it will achieve its goal is still unclear.

Are Refunds Possible?

On the whole, it is unwise to expect a refund for your L1 visa fees from the USCIS. Even if your petition is denied, you should not expect a refund. However, there are some situations in which a refund is warranted and granted. You may get a refund if:
  • The USCIS asked you to submit a form and fee that was not required for your case.
  • The USCIS asked you to pay an amount that was greater than the amount required by regulation.
  • The USCIS did not process your I-129 petition in 15 calendar days if the premium processing fee had been paid.
It is important to note that the nonimmigrant visa fee is not refundable under any circumstances. Retaining an L1 lawyer can keep you up-to-date on the fees and help you avoid costly mistakes.

Who Pays the L1 Visa Fees?

Here is a clear breakdown of who is responsible for each of L1 visa fees:
  • Basic Filing Fee – this is your employer’s responsibility
  • Public Law 113-114 Fee – this is your employer’s responsibility
  • Anti-Fraud Fee – this is your employer’s responsibility
  • Premium Processing Fee – this can be paid by either you or your employer. If you pay this fee, the USCIS will require proof from your employer that you were not strongarmed or otherwise coerced to do so for the employer’s benefit.
  • Nonimmigrant Visa Fee – this is your responsibility. You must pay this when you travel to the consulate or embassy in your home country to obtain your visa for the first time. If you are already in the U.S. under a different visa status, then this fee does not apply to you.

How to Make Payments for your L1 Visa Fees

The instructions for submitting these payments are detailed on your I-129 petition. All applicable L1 visa fees should be filled out in different individual checks or money orders. Adding the fees and including them into one payment may result in a rejection of your petition. Working with an immigration attorney is a great way to avoid complications with your fees.

L1 Visa Fees for Extensions

For L1 extensions, your employer will need to file another I-129 on your behalf. While this does require your employer to pay the basic filing fee of $460, the Public Law fee and anti-fraud fees do not apply to L1 extensions. Also, if you elect to use premium processing again, you or your employer will need to pay a new premium processing fee.

L1 Blanket Petition Fees

Fortunately, the L1 has the option for employers to file a blanket petition in order to allow multiple employees to transfer from the same company. This means that, through this method, an employer can avoid having to pay the L1 visa fees for each employee that is transferred.
However, this option is only available to employers whose U.S. branch or affiliate generates at least $25 million in revenue or has at least 1,000 workers in the U.S.

L1 Attorney Fees

Just like with any area of legal practice, different attorneys offer different fees. For our services, we charge a flat L1 visa fee of $4,000. This includes a personal, one-on-one attorney to help you address any issues that may come up during your L1 visa process.

How Our Immigration Attorneys Can Help

Small mistakes with your L1 visa fees can quickly grow into time-consuming issues that can easily be avoided with the help of an immigration attorney. For all your L1 visa needs in 2017, there is no better way to approach it than with the help of an expert.
Here at Immigration lawyer.tv, our L1 attorneys have extensive history helping employers and their workers file and apply for L1 visas. They will guide you through the L1 process step by step and ensure that your fees are correct and properly filed, giving you the best possible chance of approval.
To schedule a consultation with one of our lawyers about your L1 visa fees, you can fill out this contact form and start your journey to the U.S. today.

How to remove condition from your Green Card- What Is the Purpose of Form I-751?

How to remove condition from your Green Card-
What Is the Purpose of Form I-751? 
This petition is used by a conditional resident who obtained status through marriage, to request that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) remove the conditions on his or her residence.
Who May File Form I-751?

If you were granted conditional resident status through marriage to a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, use Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence, to le for the removal of those conditions. If you have dependent children who acquired conditional resident status on the same day as you or within 90 days thereafter, then include the names and Alien Registration Numbers (A-Numbers) of these children in Part 5. of Form I-751 in order to request that the conditions on their status be removed as well. If you have dependent children who did not acquire conditional resident status on the same day as you or within 90 days thereafter, or if the conditional resident parent is deceased, then those dependent children must each le Form I-751 separately to have the conditions on their status removed.
If you are still married, then le Form I-751 jointly with your spouse through whom you obtained conditional status. However, you may le Form I-751 without your spouse if:
  1. You entered the marriage in good faith, but your spouse subsequently died; 
  2. You entered the marriage in good faith, but the marriage was later terminated due to divorce or annulment; 
  3. You entered the marriage in good faith, but you have been battered or subject to extreme cruelty by your petitioning spouse; or 
  4. Your conditional resident parent entered the marriage in good faith, but you have been battered or subject to extreme cruelty by your parent’s U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident spouse or by your conditional resident parent; or 
  5. The termination of your status and removal from the United States would result in extreme hardship. 
When Should I File Form I-751?
  1. Filing jointly. If you are ling this petition jointly with your spouse, you must le it during the 90-day period immediately before your conditional residence expires. 
  2. Filing with a request that the joint ling requirement be waived or individually led. You may le Form I-751 without your spouse if they are deceased, you are divorced, or you and/or your conditional resident child were battered or subjected to extreme cruelty. You may le this petition at any time after you are granted conditional resident status and before you are removed from the United States. 
  3. Effect of not ling. If this petition is not led, you will automatically lose your permanent resident status two years from the date on which you were granted conditional status. You will then become removable from the United States. 
    SPECIAL NOTE: If your failure to le was through no fault of your own, you may le your petition late with a written explanation and request that USCIS excuse the late ling. Failure to le before the expiration date may be excused if you demonstrate when you le the petition that the delay was due to extraordinary circumstances beyond your control and that the length of the delay was reasonable. 
Form I-751 Instructions 12/23/16 N Page 1 of 10
General Instructions
USCIS provides forms free of charge through the USCIS website. In order to view, print, or ll out our forms, you should use the latest version of Adobe Reader, which you can download for free at http://get.adobe.com/reader/. If you do not have Internet access, you may call the USCIS National Customer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283 and ask that we mail a form to you. For TTY (deaf or hard of hearing) call: 1-800-767-1833.
Signature. Each petition must be properly signed and led. For all signatures on this petition, USCIS will not accept a stamped or typewritten name in place of a signature. If you are under 14 years of age, your parent or legal guardian may sign the petition on your behalf. A legal guardian may also sign for a mentally incompetent person.
Filing Fee. Each petition must be accompanied by the appropriate ling fee. Biometric Services Fee.
  1. Conditional Resident. Each conditional resident and conditional resident dependent included in the principal petitioner’s Form I-751 is required to submit a biometric services fee with this petition, in addition to the required ling fee. (See the What Is the Filing Fee section of these Instructions.) 
  2. U.S. Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident Spouse. If you are the U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident spouse, you do not need to include a biometric services fee at the time this petition is submitted. If USCIS later noti es you that you must submit your biometrics, you will receive a biometric services appointment notice with instructions on how to submit the additional fee. 
Evidence. At the time of ling, you must submit all evidence and supporting documentation listed in the What Initial Evidence Is Required section of these Instructions.
Biometric Services Appointment. USCIS may require that you appear for an interview or provide ngerprints, photograph, and/or signature at any time to verify your identity, obtain additional information, and conduct background and security checks, including a check of criminal history records maintained by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), before making a decision on your petition. After USCIS receives your petition and ensures it is complete, we will inform you in writing, if you need to attend a biometric services appointment. If an appointment is necessary, the notice will provide you the location of your local or designated USCIS Application Support Center (ASC) and the date and time of your appointment or, if you are currently overseas, instruct you to contact a U.S. Embassy, U.S. Consulate, or USCIS of ce outside the United States to set up an appointment. If you fail to attend your biometric services appointment, USCIS may deny your petition.
Acknowledgement of Appointment at USCIS Application Support Center. Review the ASC Acknowledgement that appears in Part 7. of Form I-751. The purpose of this ASC Acknowledgement is to con rm that you have completed
your petition, reviewed your responses, and af rmed that the information was provided by you and is complete, true, and correct. If someone helped you ll out your petition, that person must review the ASC Acknowledgement with you to 
make sure you understand it. If your spouse or another individual signed your petition, they must read, complete, and sign Part 8.
Copies. You may submit legible photocopies of documents requested, unless the Instructions speci cally state that you must submit an original document. USCIS may request an original document at the time of ling or at any time during processing of an application, petition, or request. If you submit original documents when not required, the documents may remain a part of the record, and USCIS will not automatically return them to you. 
Translations. If you submit a document with information in a foreign language, you must also submit a full English translation. The translator must sign a certi cation that the English language translation is complete and accurate, and that he or she is competent to translate from the foreign language into English.
Form I-751 Instructions 12/23/16 N Page 2 of 10
How to Fill Out Form I-751

  1. Type or print legibly in black ink. 
  2. If you need extra space to complete any item within this petition, use the space provided in Part 11. Additional Information or attach a separate sheet of paper; type or print your name and Alien Registration Number (A-Number) (if any) at the top of each sheet; indicate the Page NumberPart Number, and Item Number to which your answer refers; and sign and date each sheet. 
  3. Answer all questions fully and accurately. If a question does not apply to you (for example, if you have never been married and the question asks “Provide the name of your current spouse”), type or print “N/A,” unless otherwise directed. If your answer to a question which requires a numeric response is zero or none (for example, “How many children do you have” or “How many times have you departed the United States”), type or print “None,” unless otherwise directed. 
  4. USCIS Online Account Number (if any). If you have previously led an application, petition, or request using the USCIS online ling system (previously called USCIS Electronic Immigration System (USCIS ELIS)), provide the USCIS Online Account Number you were issued by the system. You can nd your USCIS Online Account Number by logging in to your account and going to the pro le page. If you previously led certain applications, petitions, 
    or requests on a paper form via a USCIS Lockbox facility, you may have received a USCIS Online Account Access Notice issuing you a USCIS Online Account Number. If you received such a notice, your USCIS Online Account Number can be found at the top of the notice. If you were issued a USCIS Online Account Number, enter it in the space provided. The USCIS Online Account Number is not the same as an A-Number. 
  5. Part 2. Biographic Information. Provide the biographic information requested in Part 2. Providing this information as part of your petition may reduce the time you spend at your USCIS ASC appointment as described in the Biometric Services Appointment section of these instructions. 
    Item Numbers 1. - 2. Ethnicity and Race. Select the boxes that best describe your ethnicity and race. 
    Categories and De nitions for Ethnicity and Race 
    1. Hispanic or Latino. A person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race. (NOTE: This category is only included under Ethnicity in Part 2.Item Number 1.
    2. White. A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa. 
    3. Asian. A person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent including, for example, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippine Islands, Thailand, and Vietnam. 
    4. Black or African American. A person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa. 
    5. American Indian or Alaska Native. A person having origins in any of the original peoples of North and South 
      America (including Central America), and who maintains tribal af liation or community attachment. 
    6. Native Hawaiian or Other Paci c Islander. A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Paci c Islands. 
    Item Number 3. Height. Select the values that best match your height in feet and inches. For example, if you are ve feet and nine inches, select “5” for feet and “09” for inches. Do not enter your height in meters or centimeters. 
    Item Number 4. Weight. Enter your weight in pounds. If you do not know your weight, or need to enter a weight under 30 pounds or over 699 pounds, enter “000.” Do not enter your weight in kilograms. 
    Item Number 5. Eye Color. Select the box that best describes the color of your eyes. Item Number 6. Hair Color. Select the box that best describes the color of your hair. 
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  1. Part 7. Petitioner’s Statement, Contact Information, Acknowledgement of Appointment at USCIS Application Support Center, Certi cation, and Signature. Select the appropriate box to indicate that you either read this petition yourself or someone interpreted this petition for you from English to a language in which you are uent. If applicable, select the box to indicate if someone prepared this petition for you. You must also af rm that you have read and understand (or that an interpreter or preparer read to you, and you understand) the Acknowledgment of Appointment at USCIS Application Support Center in Part 7. Further, you must sign and date your petition and provide your daytime telephone number, mobile telephone number (if any), and email address (if any). Every petition MUST contain the signature of the petitioner (or parent or legal guardian, if applicable). A stamped or typewritten name in place of a signature is not acceptable. 
  2. Part 8. Spouse’s or Individual Listed in Part 4.’s Statement, Contact Information, Acknowledgement of Appointment as USCIS Application Support Center, Certi cation, and Signature (if applicable)Select the appropriate box to indicate that you either read this petition yourself or someone interpreted this petition for you
    from English to a language in which you are uent. If applicable, select the box to indicate if someone prepared this petition for you. You must also af rm that you have read and understand (or that an interpreter or preparer read to 
    you, and you understand) the Acknowledgement of Appointment at USCIS Application Support Center in Part 8. Further, you must sign and date your petition and provide your daytime telephone number, mobile telephone number (if any), and email address (if any). Every petition MUST contain the signature of the petitioner (or parent or legal guardian, if applicable). A stamped or typewritten name in place of a signature is not acceptable. 
  3. Part 9. Interpreter’s Contact Information, Certi cation, and Signature. If you used anyone as an interpreter to read the instructions and questions on this petition to you in a language in which you are uent, the interpreter must ll out this section, provide his or her name, the name and address of his or her business or organization (if any), his or her daytime telephone number, and his or her email address (if any). The interpreter must also certify that he or she has read the Acknowledgement of Appointment at USCIS Application Support Center in Part 7. to you in the same language in which you are uent. The interpreter must sign and date the petition. 
  4. Part 10. Contact Information, Statement, Certi cation, and Signature of the Person Preparing this Petition,If Other Than the Petitioner. This section must contain the signature of the person who completed your petition,
    if other than you, the petitioner. If the same individual acted as your interpreter 
    and your preparer, that person
    should complete both 
    Part 9. and Part 10. If the person who completed this petition is associated with a business
    or organization, that person should complete the business or organization name and address information. Anyone who helped you prepare this petition 
    MUST sign and date the petition. A stamped or typewritten name in place of a signature is not acceptable. Anyone who helped you prepare your petition must also certify that he or she has read the Acknowledgment of Appointment at USCIS Application Support Center in Part 7. to you, and that you informed him or her that you understood the ASC Acknowledgment. If the person who helped you prepare your petition is 
    an attorney or accredited representative, he or she must also submit a completed Form G-28, Notice of Entry of Appearance as Attorney or Accredited Representative, along with your petition. 
    We recommend that you print or save a copy of your completed petition to review in the future and for your records. We recommend that you review your copy of your completed petition before you come to your biometric services appointment at a USCIS ASC. At your appointment, USCIS will permit you to complete the petition process only if you are able to con rm, under penalty of perjury, that all of the information in your petition is complete, true, and correct. If you are not able to make that attestation in good faith at that time, USCIS will require you to return for another appointment. 
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What Initial Evidence Is Required? Permanent Resident Card
You must le your petition with a copy of your permanent resident card or alien registration card, and a copy of the permanent resident or alien registration cards of your conditional resident children that you are including in your petition. Submit copies of both front and back sides of the card.
Exception
Those who reside overseas pursuant to military or government orders, including conditional resident dependents residing overseas and listed under Part 5. Information About Your Children of the petition, must submit the following items with Form I-751:
  1. Two passport-style photos for each petitioner and dependent, regardless of age. The passport photos must be color photographs. The photos must have a white to off-white background, be printed on thin paper with a glossy nish, and be unmounted and unretouched. 
    Passport-style photos must be 2” x 2”. The photos must be in color with full face, frontal view on a white to off- white background. Your head must be bare unless you are wearing headwear as required by a religious denomination of which you are a member. Using a pencil or felt pen, lightly print your name and Alien Registration Number (A-Number) (if any) on the back of the photo; 
    AND 
  2. Two completed ngerprint cards (Form FD-258) for each petitioner and dependent 14 to 79 years of age. You must write your A-Number on the ngerprint card and ensure that the completed cards are not bent, folded, or creased. The ngerprint cards must be prepared by a U.S. Embassy or U.S. Consulate, USCIS Of ce, or U.S. military installation. 
In order for USCIS to identify lings based on military or government orders, petitioners are required to indicate on top of Form I-751, “ACTIVE MILITARY” or “GOVERNMENT ORDERS” and submit a copy of their current military or government orders.
Evidence of the Relationship
Submit copies of documents indicating that the marriage upon which you were granted conditional status was entered in “good faith” and was not for the purpose of circumventing immigration laws. Submit copies of as many documents as you can to establish this fact, to demonstrate the circumstances of the relationship from the date of the marriage to the present date, and to demonstrate any circumstances surrounding the end of the relationship, if it has ended. The documents should include, but are not limited to, the following examples:
  1. Birth certi cates of children born during the time of this marriage, if any; 
  2. Lease or mortgage contracts showing joint occupancy and/or ownership of your communal residence; 
  3. Financial records showing joint ownership of assets and joint responsibility for liabilities, such as joint savings and checking accounts with transaction history, complete joint Federal and State tax returns, insurance policies that show the other spouse as the bene ciary, joint utility bills, or joint installment or other loans. If applicable, submit copies of military Leave and Earnings Statements showing receipt of Basic Allowance for Quarters (BAQ) with family members and/or Form DD-1172 for military family member identi cation cards; 
  4. Other documents that you consider relevant to establish that your marriage was not entered for the purpose of evading U.S. immigration laws; and 
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5. Af davits sworn to or af rmed by at least two people who have known both of you since your conditional residence was granted and have personal knowledge of your marriage and relationship. (Such persons may be required to testify before an immigration of cer as to the information contained in the af davit.) The original af davit must be submitted and also contain the following information regarding the person making the af davit: his or her full name and address; date and place of birth; relationship to you or your spouse, if any; and full information and complete details explaining how the person acquired his or her knowledge. Af davits must be supported by other types of evidence listed above.
If you are ling as an individual due to the death of your spouse, submit a copy of the death certi cate with your petition, along with evidence of the qualifying relationship.
If you are ling as an individual because your marriage has been terminated, submit a copy of the nal divorce decree or other document terminating or annulling the marriage with your petition, along with evidence of the qualifying relationship.
If you are ling as an individual because you and/or your conditional resident child were battered or subjected to extreme cruelty, submit:
  1. Evidence of the abuse, such as copies of reports or of cial records issued by police, courts, medical personnel, school of cials, clergy, social workers, and other social service agency personnel. You may also submit any legal documents relating to an order of protection against the abuser or relating to any legal steps you may have taken to end the abuse. You may also submit evidence that you sought safe haven in a shelter for the abused or similar refuge, as well as photographs evidencing your injuries; and 
  2. A copy of your divorce decree, if your marriage was terminated by divorce on grounds of physical abuse or extreme cruelty. 
If you are ling for a waiver of the joint ling requirement because the termination of your status and removal would result in “extreme hardship,” you must submit evidence that your removal would result in hardship signi cantly greater than the hardship encountered by other foreign nationals who are removed from this country after extendedstays. The evidence must relate only to those factors that arose during the two-year period for which you were admitted as a conditional resident. For a discussion of extreme hardship, please visit this website: http://www.uscis.gov/ilink/ docView/FR/HTML/FR/0-0-0-1/0-0-0-42380/0-0-0-44857/0-0-0-47481/0-0-0-47683.html.
If you are a child ling separately from your parent, submit a full explanation as to why you are ling separately, along with copies of any supporting documentation.
Criminal History
If you have ever been arrested or detained by any law enforcement of cer for any reason, either in the United States or abroad, and no charges were led, submit an original of cial statement by the arresting agency or applicable court order con rming that no charges were led.
If you have ever been arrested or detained by any law enforcement of cer for any reason, either in the United States or abroad, and charges were led, or if charges were led against you without an arrest, submit an original or court-certi ed copy of the complete arrest record and/or disposition for each incident (for example, dismissal order, conviction record, or acquittal order).
If you have ever been convicted or placed in an alternative sentencing program or rehabilitative program (such as a drug treatment or community service program), submit:
1. An original or court-certi ed copy of your sentencing record for each incident, and evidence that you completed your sentence, speci cally;
  1. An original or certi ed copy of your probation or parole record; or 
  2. Evidence that you completed an alternative sentencing program, or rehabilitative program; 
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  1. An original or court-certi ed copy of the court order vacating, setting aside, sealing, expunging, or otherwise removing the arrest or conviction; or 
  2. If no record is available, an original statement from the court that no record exists of your arrest or conviction. 
NOTE: Unless a traf c incident was alcohol or drug related, you do not need to submit documentation for traf c nes and incidents that did not involve an actual arrest if the only penalty was a ne of less than $500 and/or points on your driver’s license.
What Is the Filing Fee?The ling fee for Form I-751 is $595. A biometric services fee of $85 is also required for petitioners.
Each conditional resident dependent, eligible for inclusion on the principal petitioner’s Form I-751 and listed under Part 5. of Form I-751, is required to submit an additional biometric services fee of $85, including dependents residing overseas pursuant to military or Government orders, regardless of age.
NOTE: e ling fee and biometric services fee are not refundable, regardless of any action USCIS takes on this petition. DO NOT MAIL CASH. You must submit all fees in the exact amounts.
Use the following guidelines when you prepare your checks or money orders for the Form I-751 ling fee and biometric services fee:
  1. The check or money order must be drawn on a bank or other nancial institution located in the United States and must be payable in U.S. currency; and 
  2. Make the checks or money orders payable to U.S. Department of Homeland Security.NOTE: Spell out U.S. Department of Homeland Security; do not use the initials “USDHS” or “DHS.” 
  3. If you live outside the United States, contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or U.S. Consulate for instructions on the method of payment. 
Notice to Those Making Payment by Check. If you send us a check, USCIS will convert it into an electronic funds transfer (EFT). This means we will copy your check and use the account information on it to electronically debit your account for the amount of the check. The debit from your account will usually take 24 hours and your bank will show it on your regular account statement.
You will not receive your original check back. We will destroy your original check, but will keep a copy of it. If USCIS cannot process the EFT for technical reasons, you authorize us to process the copy in place of your original check. If your check is returned as unpayable, USCIS will re-submit the payment to the nancial institution one time. If the check is returned as unpayable a second time, we will reject your petition and charge you a returned check fee.
How to Check If the Fees Are Correct
Form I-751’s ling fee and biometric services fee are current as of the edition date in the lower left corner of this page. However, because USCIS fees change periodically, you can verify that the fees are correct by following one of the steps below.
  1. Visit the USCIS website at www.uscis.gov, select “FORMS,” and check the appropriate fee; or 
  2. Call the USCIS National Customer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283 and ask for the fee information. For TTY (deaf 
    or hard of hearing) call: 1-800-767-1833
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Fee Waiver
You may be eligible for a fee waiver under 8 CFR 103.7(c). If you believe you are eligible for a fee waiver, complete Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver (or a written request) and submit it and any required evidence of your inability to pay the ling fee with this petition. You can review the fee waiver guidance at www.uscis.gov/feewaiver.
Where to File?Please see our website at www.uscis.gov/I-751 or call our National Customer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283 for the
most current information about where to le this petition. For TTY (deaf or hard of hearing) call: 1-800-767-1833Address Change
You must notify USCIS of your new address within 10 days of moving from your previous residence. For information on ling a change of address go to the USCIS website at www.uscis.gov/addresschange or contact the USCIS National Customer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283. For TTY (deaf or hard of hearing) call: 1-800-767-1833.
NOTE: If you selected Box 1.e. or 1.f. in Part 3., you may NOT le a change of address request through the USCIS website or by calling the USCIS National Customer Service Center; you must contact the appropriate Service Center where you originally led your Form I-751.
NOTE: Do not submit a change of address request to USCIS Lockbox facilities because these facilities do not process change of address requests.
Processing Information
You must have a United States address to le this petition.
Initial Processing. Once USCIS accepts your petition we will check it for completeness. If you do not completely ll out this petition, you will not establish a basis for your eligibility, and USCIS may reject or deny your petition.
Requests for More Information. We may request that you provide more information or evidence to support your petition. We may also request that you provide the originals of any copies you submit. USCIS will return any requested originals when they are no longer needed.
Requests for Interview. We may request that you appear at a USCIS of ce for an interview based on your petition. At the time of any interview or other appearance at a USCIS of ce, we may require that you provide your ngerprints, photograph, and/or signature to verify your identity and/or update background and security checks.
Decision. The decision on Form I-751 involves a determination of whether you have established eligibility for the immigration bene t you are seeking. USCIS will notify you of the decision in writing.
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Individuals With Disabilities and/or Impairments
USCIS is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for quali ed individuals with disabilities and/or impairments that will help them fully participate in USCIS programs and bene ts. Reasonable accommodations vary with each disability and/or impairment. They may involve modi cations to practices or procedures. There are various types of reasonable accommodations that USCIS may offer. Examples include but are not limited to:
  1. If you are deaf or hard of hearing, USCIS may provide you with a sign-language interpreter at an interview or other immigration bene t-related appointment; 
  2. If you are blind or have low vision, USCIS may permit you to take a test orally rather than in writing; or 
  3. If you are unable to travel to a designated USCIS location for an interview, USCIS may visit you at your home or a 
    hospital. 
If you believe that you need USCIS to accommodate your spouse’s, or your children’s disability and/or impairment, select the appropriate Item Numbers 1. 3. in Part 6. Accommodations for Individuals With Disabilities and/or Impairments, and then any applicable box in Item Number4.a. 4.c. that describes the nature of you or their disabilities and/or impairments. Also, describe the types of accommodations you are requesting on the lines provided. If you are requesting a sign-language interpreter, indicate for which language. If you need extra space to complete this section, use the space provided in Part 11. Additional Information.
NOTE: All domestic USCIS facilities meet the Accessibility Guidelines of the Americans with Disabilities Act, so you do not need to contact USCIS to request an accommodation for physical access to a domestic USCIS of ce. However, in Part 6. of Form I-751, you can indicate whether you use a wheelchair. This will allow USCIS to better prepare for your visit.
NOTE: USCIS also ensures that limited English pro cient (LEP) individuals are provided meaningful access at an interview or other immigration bene t-related appointment, unless otherwise prohibited by law. LEP individuals may bring a quali ed interpreter to the interview.
USCIS considers requests for reasonable accommodations on a case-by-case basis, and we will make our best effortsto reasonably accommodate your disabilities and/or impairments. USCIS will not exclude you from participating in USCIS programs or deny your petition because of your disabilities and/or impairments. Requesting and/or receiving an accommodation will not affect your eligibility for an immigration bene t.
USCIS Forms and Information
To ensure you are using the latest version of this petition, visit the USCIS website at www.uscis.gov where you can obtain the latest USCIS forms and immigration-related information. If you do not have Internet access, you may order USCIS forms by calling our toll-free number at 1-800-870-3676. You may also obtain forms and information by calling the USCIS National Customer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283. For TTY (deaf or hard of hearing) call:
1-800-767-1833.
Instead of waiting in line for assistance at your local USCIS of ce, you can now schedule an appointment through our online system, InfoPass, at www.infopass.uscis.gov. Use the InfoPass appointment scheduler and follow the screen prompts to set up your appointment. InfoPass generates an electronic appointment notice that appears on the screen.
Penalties
If you knowingly and willfully falsify or conceal a material fact or submit a false document with your Form I-751, we will deny your Form I-751, and may deny any other immigration bene t. In addition, you will face severe penalties provided by law and may be subject to criminal prosecution.