USCIS Extends Evidence of Status for Conditional
Permanent Residents to 24 Months with Pending Form I-751 or I-829
As of September 4, 2021, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is extending the amount of time that receipt notices may be used to show evidence of status from 18 months to 24 months for petitioners who properly file Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence, or Form I-829, Petition by Investor to Remove Conditions on Permanent Resident Status. USCIS is extending this time period by 6 months to accommodate current processing times for Form I-751 and Form I-829, which have increased over the past year.
Conditional permanent residents who properly file Form I-751 or Form I-829 will receive a receipt notice that can be presented with their Form I-551, Permanent Resident Card (also known as a Green Card), as evidence of continued status for up to 24 months past the expiration date listed on their Green Card, while their case is pending with USCIS. In addition, USCIS will issue new receipt notices to eligible conditional permanent residents who properly file their Form I-751 or Form I-829 before September 4th and whose cases are still pending. Those receipt notices will also serve as evidence of continued status for 24 months past the expiration date listed on their Green Card.
As a reminder, conditional permanent residents who are planning to be outside of the United States for a year or more should apply for a reentry permit filing Form I-131, Application for Travel Document, before leaving the country. For more information on International Travel as a Permanent Resident, visit the USCIS Green Card page at https://www.uscis.gov/green-card/after-we-grant-your-green-card/international-travel-as-a-permanent-resident.