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Jun 12, 2018

USCIS Changes I-829 Receipt Procedure; Status Now Evidenced For 18 Months Instead of 12

Matthew Galati

USCIS today announced that investors filing Form I-829 to remove their conditions upon residency will now be issued receipt notices evidencing continued status for 18 months past the expiration date of their conditional permanent resident cards. The revised receipt notices will also apply to married couples removing conditions through Form I-751.

This is a welcome change that will make the condition removal process easier. We have previously reported that Form I-829 processing times are very long and were recently updated to be 29 to 37.5 months. USCIS’ recent Policy Manual update clarified that investors with expired CPR cards may receive ink passport stamps showing ongoing status while Form I-829 is pending.  Taken together, these two developments will significantly alleviate the administrative difficulties associated with long processing times.

USCIS still has significant work to do, as the relevant immigration laws mandate significantly faster adjudications. Nevertheless, the agency should be applauded for this recent development.

The lawyers at Green and Spiegel have considerable I-829 experience, including the drafting of Condition Removal Templates, investor representation in problematic cases, and even representation in removal proceedings. Contact us today for more information regarding Form I-829 adjudications and processes. 

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