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Hi, I wanted to ask about possible termination of marriage while I am still on a conditional green card

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I have my conditional green card right now after my interview a year ago I can file to remove the condition next year but I am thinking of getting a divorce and wanna know if this will affect my chanced to get my condition removed

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Guillermo Senmartin
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Sorry for the delay. I just ask that if the news is not good that you not shoot the messenger. Shooting the messenger is either leaving a negative rating (usually reserved for rude or unprofessional experts) or not leaving a positive rating at all.

You should start the divorce process if you haven't already (it doesn't matter who starts it) and then you will have to file an I-751 waiver. Here is some information on that:

https://www.uscis.gov/green-card/after-green-card-granted/conditional-permanent-residence/remove-conditions-permanent-residence-based-marriage

Focus on where it says, "If your marriage was terminated other than by the death of your spouse, you must submit the following:"

Here is a list of things that I like to give my clients and I know that you may not have all of these things, but the more you have, the better it is.

A letter where you describe, in a very detailed fashion, the circumstances in which you met your spouse, the reasons you married, and the feelings and emotions that you had or still have towards your spouse, and why.
If you have a child or children together, the birth certificate for each child.
Wedding pictures and pictures of other moments when you and your spouse, and other members of your families and friends have been together.
Very detailed letters from people who know you and your spouse and who are witnesses that your marriage was valid, who were at your wedding, or who knew you as a married couple.
Love letters or cards that you received from your spouse while in the relationship.
Letters from people addressed to both you and your spouse, or in which the person who wrote the letter refers to both of you as a couple.
Any types of documents that have both your names on them that show that you bought a car, a house, furniture, or anything else together.
Any rental or lease agreements for your home or apartment with both of your names on it or a letter from the building manager or owner proving that you lived together.
Bank or financial statements that show that you had or have a savings or checking account together.
Any insurance documents that show that you were or still are covered by your spouse's insurance plan, or that your plan covers or covered him or her.
Bills, such as electricity, water, heat, cable TV, phone, or others that show both you and your spouse's names.
Jointly-filed Income tax papers (both your names).
An identification card that shows that shows a common address.
Membership cards for video clubs, grocery stores or similar businesses, that show joint membership.
Any other documents that prove your relationship.

You will need to submit evidence similar to the evidence that you submitted at your marriage interview. You must prove that even though you divorced, your marriage was not entered into solely for the purpose of obtaining an immigration benefit.

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
are my chances lower than if I just stayed married to him?

Do NOT stay married to him just to get the 10 year green card. if you did that and you divorced soon after, this is fraud and you could lose everything. Immigration knows that sometimes marriages fall apart and it has nothing to do with immigration status. The same thing happens between two U.S. Citizens. So they made a process whereby you explain what happened and prove that it just fell apart and they will give you the 10 year green card. Use that process, don't stay in the marriage just to get the 10 year green card as that is fraud.

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
I understand that, but do you have any number or any idea if it does affect my chances of getting the condition removed?
I think I will file for divorce regardless, but I just want to know

I cannot point you to any statistics, but I can say that unless both of you are going to fix the marriage and continue to stay together for around a year or more after you get the 10 year green card, I would do the I-751 waiver process. That's what it is there for.

Let me know if you need anything else, but please do not forget that positive rating. Thank you!

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
thank you

You are very welcome! Thank you for the positive rating. If you would like to request me in the future for a different topic, please remember to put FOR GUILLERMO in the subject line and message box. Good luck to you!

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