Common Reasons for Form I-751 Denial
In the process of removing conditions on residency, applicants face several common stumbling blocks that can lead to the denial of Form I-751.
Insufficient Evidence of Bona Fide Marriage
Applicants must convincingly demonstrate that their marriage is genuine. USCIS requires substantial and varied evidence such as joint bank statements, lease agreements, and photographs that establish a shared life together. Without this, the petition may be denied due to doubts about the marriage’s legitimacy.
Failure to File Joint Petition
Primarily, couples are expected to file jointly unless a waiver applies. The denial can ensue if one submits the I-751 independently without proper qualifications for a waiver, such as evidence of divorce, spousal abuse, or the spouse’s death.
Criminal History and National Security Concerns
If an applicant has a criminal record or there are national security concerns, this can negatively influence the outcome. Inadmissibility due to past actions could result in rejection.
Violation of Immigration Rules and Status
Noncompliance with immigration laws or the terms of one’s visa can lead to denial. This includes unauthorized work, overstaying a visa, or failing to maintain one’s status.
Application Errors and Omissions
The accuracy and completeness of the I-751 form are crucial. Simple mistakes like missing signatures, incorrect fees, or incomplete sections can result in denial.
Failure to Appear for Biometrics or Interview
All applicants must attend biometrics appointments and interviews if requested. Failure to do so without a valid reason or proper rescheduling can result in the denial of the application.