USCIS Axes Trump's Tightened Refugee Marriage Standard

By Mike LaSusa (February 15, 2022, 5:54 PM EST) -- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issued guidance Monday axing a Trump-era standard that barred refugees from bringing their spouses to the U.S. if they couldn't prove their marriages were recognized in the jurisdiction where they were performed.

The new guidance says officers in USCIS' Refugee, Asylum and International Operations unit can consider evidence of "informal" marriages that are not legally recognized in the place where they occur when evaluating requests by refugees and asylees seeking derivative status for their spouses.

"Without this narrow exception, individuals in committed relationships with refugees and asylees who are unable to formally perfect their marriage could...

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