Purpose: Form I-751 has to be filed by the conditional resident (Green Card holder) to apply to remove the conditions on his or her residence.

This page contains easy to follow step-by-step USCIS Form I-751 instructions.

  1. Who is filing Form I-751: Conditional Green Card holder
  2. Form I-751 filing fee: $590
    • $590 includes the $505 application filing fee and $85 biometric fee
    • Check or Money Order payable to “U.S. Department of Homeland Security”
    • Double Check to make sure this is the correct filing fee, as this can change any time

Form I-751 Filing Timing

  • If the green card holder is filing this petition jointly with their spouse, Form I-751 must be filed during the 90 day period immediately before the conditional residence expires.
  • If the green card holder is filing this petition with a request that joint filing requirements be waived, Form I-751 can be filed any time after conditional resident has been granted and before removal from the U.S.

Tips and Checks:

  1. Fill using BLACK ink
  2. We recommend saving a local copy, so you don’t lose your entered data
  3. Make sure the form hasn’t expired. Expiration date is stated on the top right corner of the form
  4. For items that are Not-Applicable, write “N/A” (without the quotes)
  5. For item that have the answer none, leave blank
  6. For those who have already taken or are planning on taking your spouse’s last name, use your new last name while filling the application.
    • It does not matter if your SSN, Drivers License, Passport etc. have not been updated to reflect your new name. Your marriage certificate suffices the name change requirement
  7. View the I-751 Instructions below for our awesome instructions.
    • If that doesn’t work for you or you’re curious about how cryptic they can be, download USCIS’s instructions.

Form I-751 Instructions

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This is Green Card Applicant’s Information
  • Name
    • Self Explanatory
  • Date of Birth
    • Self Explanatory
  • Country of Birth
    • Self Explanatory
  • Country of Citizenship
    • Self Explanatory
  • A# is Alien Registration #
    • This is the 9-digit “A#” that was listed on the USPS Mailer, under “IMPORTANT INFORMATION – SAVE THIS MAILER” section, that your green card arrived in
      • If you didn’t save the mailer, enter the number that appears on your green card as “USCIS #”. They’re essentially the same.
  • U.S. Social Security Number (if any)
    • Write down your Social Security Number (SSN), if you have one
    • Leave blank if you don’t have a SSN
  • Contact Information
    • Best phone number to reach you at
    • E-Mail address – Leave blank if you don’t have one
  • Marital Status
    • Self Explanatory
    • Conditional Residence Expires On
      • Refer to your conditional green card’s expiration date
  • Physical Address
    • Self Explanatory
  • Mailing Address
    • Leave this blank if your mailing address is the same as your physical address
  • Additional Information
    • Self Explanatory

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This is Green Card Applicant’s Information
  • Join Filing
    • Select 1a if you’re still married to the same person, during the time of filing I-485
    • Select 1b if you’re the child of the parent, and the parrent is married to the same person during the time of filing I-485
  • Waive Filing Request
    • If you don’t qualify for 1a or 1b, select the appropriate option in this section.
    • We highly recommend consulting an immigration attorney, if you fall into this situation

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This is U.S. Citizen’s Information
  1. Relationship
    • Self Explanatory
  2.  Name
    • Self Explanatory
  3. Date of Birth
    • Self Explanatory
  4. U.S. Social Security #
    • “None” if you don’t have one
  5. A# is Alien Registration #
    • U.S. Born Citizen
      • Write “N/A”
    • Naturalized U.S. Citizens
      • Refer to your Certificate of Naturalization
        • Put down the Alien # here, and not your Certificate #.
          • Alien # starts with A
          • They’re both listed on your certificate, so be careful.
    • Children to U.S. Citizen parents born outside of U.S.
      • Refer to your Certificate of Citizenship
        • Put down the Alien # here, and not your Certificate #.
          • They’re both listed on your certificate and both start with A, so be extra careful
          • The certificate number is one on the top, printed in RED
          • The other is your USCIS Registration Number (Alien Number)
  6. Physical Address
    • Self Explanatory

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This is your Children’s Information

Leave blank if you don’t have children. If you have child(ren), then proceed.

  1. Name
    • Self Explanatory
  2. Date of Birth
    • Self Explanatory
  3. A# is Alien Registration #
    • “N/A”, if not applicable
    • U.S. Born Citizen
      • Write “N/A”
    • Naturalized U.S. Citizens
      • Refer to your Certificate of Naturalization
        • Put down the Alien # here, and not your Certificate #.
          • Alien # starts with A
          • They’re both listed on your certificate, so be careful.
    • Children to U.S. Citizen parents born outside of U.S.
      • Refer to your Certificate of Citizenship
        • Put down the Alien # here, and not your Certificate #.
          • They’re both listed on your certificate and both start with A, so be extra careful
          • The certificate number is one on the top, printed in RED
          • The other is your USCIS Registration Number (Alien Number)
  4. Physical Address
    • Self Explanatory
  5. Is child living with you?
    • Self Explanatory
  6. Is child applying with you?
    • Self Explanatory

Fill out information for any additional child(ren) you have.

  • If you have more than 5 children, attach additional sheet and furnish information for every child
  • Once every child’s information has been entered, leave any unused child sub-section blank

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  1. Self explanatory
  2. Self explanatory
  3. Self explanatory
  4. If answered yes,  for 1, 2, or 3, provide additional information as necessary
  1. Green Card Holder
    • Signature
    • Write name in capital letters
  2. Date of Signature
    • Date when signed
  3. U.S. Citizen
    • Signature
    • Write name in capital letters
  4. Date of Signature
    • Date when signed

Leave this section blank unless prepared by anyone else than applicant or spouse.

  1. Signature of Preparer
    • Self Explanatory
  2. Date of Signature
    • Self Explanatory
  3. Preparer’s Full Name
    • Self Explanatory
  4. Preparer’s Business or Organization Name
    • Self Explanatory
  5. Preparer’s Mailing Address
    • Self Explanatory
  6. Preparer’s Contact Information
    • Self Explanatory
  7. Preparer’s Email Address (if any)
    • Self Explanatory

Form I-751 Instructions FAQs

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Form I-751 has to be filed by the conditional resident (Green Card holder) to apply to remove the conditions on his or her residence.

Yes, these Form I-751 instructions are limited to Green Card applicants who have received their original Green Card by Marriage to a U.S Citizen and both spouses are physically present in the U.S.

If you’re looking for Form I-751 instructions for a different category, please navigate to the appropriate category using website navigation menu or by performing a search using the search bar.

In this case viz. Marriage based Green Card, the conditional Green Card holder has to file Form I-751.

Detailed field level Form I-751 instructions can be found in Form I-751 Instructions section above.

 

  • If the green card holder is filing this petition with a request that joint filing requirements be waived, it can be filed any time after conditional resident has been granted and before removal from the U.S.

Per USCIS, you may apply for Form I-751 waiver of joint filing requirements if:

  • You entered the marriage in good faith, but your spouse subsequently died;
  • You entered the marriage in good faith, but the marriage was later terminated due to divorce or annulment;
  • You entered the marriage in good faith, but you have been battered or subject to extreme cruelty by your petitioning
  • spouse; or
  • 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 permanent resident spouse or by your conditional resident parent; or
  • The termination of your status and removal would result in extreme hardship.
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 That concludes the Form I-751 Instructions. If you have any thoughts, questions, or clarifications on Form I-751 Instructions , feel free to ask and/or discuss them in Marriage based Green Card discussions.

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