conditional permanent resident status based upon a marriage with a U.S.
citizen spouse. Can I apply for the removal of conditions by myself
based on the cruelty by a U.S. citizen spouse?
permanent residents are spouses of U.S. citizens who obtain permanent
resident status based upon a marriage of less than two years at the
time of approval. These individuals must file to remove the conditions,
or the status will expire after two years. The removal of conditions
must be filed jointly - that is, it must be signed by both
There is a waiver of the joint
filing requirement if the conditional
permanent resident spouse has been subjected to battery or extreme
cruelty by a U.S. citizen spouse. If approved, the victim may have
her/his conditions removed on permanent residence, and thus will hold
permanent status, without the help of the abusive spouse.