Time frames for removing conditions from your conditional green card can vary greatly from person to person, depending upon his or her particular circumstances and visa classification. As of 2020, if you filed jointly and you do everything correctly, avoid getting a request for evidence, the process is taking on average from 10 to 14 months, from start to finish.
If you filed with a waiver, your petition is more heavily scrutinized and an interview is more likely to be scheduled. The process for waiver applicants is taking on average from 12-18 months or longer, from start to finish. Please keep in mind all our timelines are rearward looking, meaning we can only give an estimate of approvals we see currently. Immigration is sensitive to many factors like politics, that can change these timeline estimates on a moment’s notice. We cannot guarantee your timeline, and only provide this as a general estimate based on averages.
NOA 1: 1 to 3 weeks
After you file the I-751, you will get notification that the USCIS has received it (NOA1/Notice of Action 1). The letter also provides an 18-month extension to your current conditional green card.
NOA 2 (Biometrics Appointment Letter): 2-8 weeks
Applicant receives notice of action requiring them to attend a biometrics appointment and have their fingerprints taken. Biometrics appointment time and location will be listed in the letter.
NOA3 (Biometrics Appointment): 4-10 weeks
If an interview is required with the USCIS, the applicant will be informed of this with another Notice of Action.
Receive 10-year Green Card: 8-12 months
If approved, applicants will receive a 10-year green card through mail. This process may take up to 18 months if you filed with a waiver.