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News: USCIS Announces New Biometrics Procedure for Removing Conditions on Permanent Residence

USCIS Announces New Biometrics Procedure for Removing Conditions on Permanent Residence
On February 28, 2007, the USCIS announced a new biometrics procedure, effective immediately, for conditional permanent residents who are filing Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence. All conditional permanent residents must now appear at a USCIS Application Support Center (ASC) after filing Form I-751 in order to have their biometrics taken. After Form I-751 is filed, the applicant will be notified of the date, time and location for the biometrics to be taken and the photograph, signature and fingerprints will then be used by the USCIS to actually generate the actual permanent resident card—the green card.

Form I-751 is filed by a conditional permanent resident who has gained such status through marriage to a U.S. citizen. The I-751 application must be filed during the 90 day period immediately before the second anniversary on which permanent resident status was granted. It must be filed jointly by the permanent resident and his or her U.S. citizen spouse, although there are certain circumstances by which the joint filing requirement can be waived. For example, when the marriage was entered into in good faith but has been terminated by the death of the U.S. citizen spouse or by divorce.




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