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USCIS’ Policy Memorandum on ‘Revised Interview Waiver Guidance for Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence”

USCIS’s Policy Memorandum on ‘Revised Interview Waiver Guidance for Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence” went into effect on Dec. 10, 2018. The memorandum fully replaces the June 24, 2005, “Revised Interview Waiver Criteria for Form I-751, Petition to Remove the Conditions on Residence.” These guidelines apply to I-751 cases filed as a joint petition or as a waiver of the joint filing requirement. Per the new memorandum, an officer may consider waiving an interview if they are satisfied that:

  • They can make a decision because the record contains sufficient evidence about the bona fides of the marriage (that the marriage was not entered into in order to evade U.S. immigration laws);

  • USCIS has previously interviewed the principal petitioner (for forms filed on or after Dec. 10, 2018);

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

  • There are no complex facts or issues that require an interview to resolve.

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Caterina Cappellari focuses her practice on employment-based immigration as well as nonimmigrant work and investor visas, including: H-1B “specialty occupations” visas; TN Professionals Under the North American Free Trade Agreement visas; E-2 investor visas; L-1A visas for executives and managers; L-1B visas for workers with specialized knowledge; O visas for “extraordinary ability;” and R-1 Temporary Nonimmigrant Religious Workers visas.

She also assists clients with labor certifications (PERM), interviews at USCIS, 601/601A waivers, U-visas, consular processing...

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