If you have recently arrived in the United States or you gained entry into the country as a new spouse of a United States citizen, you probably have a conditional residence in the country. Having condition permanent residence status gives you access to the majority of benefits and services of U.S. citizens. However, because your status is conditional, it is also temporary. Below, our Illinois immigration lawyer explains how to remove the conditions on your residence.
Conditional residence is also sometimes called conditional permanent residence, which is confusing to some, as the terms contradict each other. This type of residency is known as permanent because you still have many of the rights of a U.S. resident; you can live anywhere in the country, and you can obtain employment with any private employer based in the United States. The conditional aspect means that you have one or more restrictions on your green card.
Most of the time, conditional residency applies to entrepreneurs who have entered the country to start a business, which could benefit Americans through employment opportunities. Due to the fact that not everyone has the resources to start a business, the other most common reason for conditional residency is marriage to a U.S. citizen.
To ensure that you can remain in the United States permanently, it is important to remove the conditions on your green card. To do this, you must take the following steps:
If you have a conditional green card, our experienced Illinois immigration lawyer at Sverdloff Law Group can help you remove the conditions so you can remain in the country permanently. Call us today or contact us online to request a consultation and to get more information.