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Am I still allowed to stay/work in the US while waiting for USCIS to respond? (I-751)

Good afternoon ladies and gents - would appreciate some advice on the I-751/green card conditions removal process. This is for my wife who has the 2 year conditional green card.

TL;DR: Submitted the I-751 to remove conditions on wife's green card. She has final round interviews next week. Can she work if we don't get the receipt (I-797 Notice of Action) before her green card expires?

Her conditional green card expires at the end of April, and as I am aware, we must submit the petition to remove conditions during the 90 day period right before expiry. From my research, it seems that we would receive a receipt (I-797 Notice of Action) for the I-751 in the mail, which extends the green card expiry date by 18 months. I mailed out the I-751 in February (with tracking) and it arrived at the USCIS facility on 2/24.

It's been a couple weeks and we're starting to get really anxious about the application.

Our concerns:

  1. Can she work while this is pending? She's currently applying to jobs - final round interviews next week. If she gets an offer, will she be fired/offer rescinded when the company finds out her green card expires at the end of April? One of the jobs is literally her dream job. It would triple our HH income, so it would be devastating if we lost this opportunity.
  2. How long does it take for USCIS to respond? Will she be deported if USCIS doesn't respond in time? We are married so it doesn't even make sense (I am a US citizen) that her residence would be in jeopardy because USCIS processing takes too long. What exactly is the protocol? I've tried calling USCIS a gazillion times but I keep getting an automated response - it doesn't seem possible to get a human on the line.
  3. What options do we have if we don't receive the receipt before her green card expires? I realized after the fact that there was another form we could submit for electronic notifications but I was too stupid to realize it earlier...

Sorry if this sounds paranoid. I am really anxious here and hoping some of you can shed some light on the process and alleviate some of my concerns.

Other information that might be relevant:

  • I don't have a working printer at the moment - it would be very difficult for me to reprint everything and mail it out again if it somehow got lost
  • I have not come across an online option to submit the form - the USCIS lady on the phone (in December) said I had to physically mail the form in

I know this is a long read, but if you got through all of it, thank you for reading.

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