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One of the spouses has a case in the immigration office

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One of the spouses has a case in the immigration office waiting for the Green Card on the basis of a join marriage. What happens if they divorce before he/she receives a Green Card?
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Are you referring to the 10 year green card, or for a conditional resident card?

What is this person's current visa/ immigration status?

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
A conditional.

In that case, if they are divorced before the conditional resident card is received, then unfortunately the petition will be withdrawn, and the non-citizen spouse will no longer receive their conditional resident status.

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
After marriage he/she received 2 years temporary. Five mounths s ago they apply for conditional.

I think you may be confusing some of the terminology here.

If they were married 2 years ago and filed the spousal petition, then the spouse would have received a conditional residence then.

What they would have petitioned for now would be the I-751 removal of conditions.

In that case, if the divorce happens now, the non-citizen spouse can still attempt to get their permanent residence/ green card by submitting a divorce waiver.

This is basically a letter explaining that they did in fact have a bona fide marriage, and that it ended in divorce. Once the interviewing immigration officer decides that theirs was in fact a bona fide marriage, not a sham marriage just for immigration purposes, then this person can still receive their green card.

I hope that helps!

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