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Immigrants seeking permanent green cards through marriage may have one less hurdle

Immigrants seeking permanent green cards through marriage may have one less hurdle


DECEMBER 14, 2018 10:18 AM,

In light of recent USCIS policy changes regarding denials and deportations, the following steps may help you prepare for adverse actions when requesting an immigration benefit.

By Marta Oliver Craviotto

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has revised one of its procedures for immigrants who got their green cards through marriage with U.S. citizens.

Green cards issued for those immigrants are normally conditional, and are only valid for two years. After that, those seeking permanent residence must prove their marriage was not intended to break the immigration laws and therefore is not fraudulent.


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This process, known as a petition to Remove Conditions on Permanent Residence Based on Marriage, requires Form I-751 and most likely an interview with a USCIS official to demonstrate eligibility to remove such conditions.

The interviews often make couples nervous because they are questioned, frequently separately, about intimate details of their lives in order to test the legitimacy of their marriages.

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But a new policy memorandum issued by USCIS provides some guidelines that agency officials can use to decide whether to waive that interview requirement.

USCIS announced this week that adjudicators are now able to waive this important requirement if they are satisfied that:

▪ There is sufficient evidence about the authenticity of the marriage that proves it clearly was not entered into in order to evade immigration laws;

▪ There is no indication of fraud or misrepresentation in the Form I-751 or the supporting documentation;

▪USCIS has already interviewed the main petitioner of Form I-751 (this is relevant for cases received after Dec. 10, 2018);

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▪ There are no complex facts or issues that require an interview to clarify

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