Common Causes of Delays
When processing Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence, applicants may encounter delays. These are typically due to a few common issues within the application process.
Incomplete Applications or Incorrect Information
Incomplete or incorrectly filled out applications can cause significant delays. It is crucial that applicants thoroughly review their forms to ensure all necessary fields are accurately completed. Missing information and errors such as a wrong address or date can lead to a petition being returned or issued a Notice of Action to correct the deficiencies.
High Volume of Petitions
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) can experience a high volume of petitions, leading to a backlog. During periods of increased filings, even properly completed applications may face longer processing times as each case is handled in the order it was received.
Requests for Evidence
USCIS may issue a Request for Evidence (RFE) if there is a need for additional documentation to support the petition. An RFE can significantly extend the processing time, as it requires applicants to gather and submit further evidence, which USCIS must then review.
Background and Security Checks
All applicants undergo rigorous background and security checks. Delays in these checks, sometimes due to issues such as common names or incomplete fingerprints, can slow down the overall processing of an I-751 petition. Applicants must ensure all requested documentation is submitted promptly to facilitate these checks.