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USCIS Revised Guidance on Informal ("Camp") Marriages (Feb. 14, 2022)

February 15, 2022 (1 min read)

USCIS, Feb. 14, 2022

"As of the date of this memorandum, RAIO is rescinding marriage guidance previously issued by RAIO divisions: "Guidance for the treatment of refugee cases that include an informal marriage to an RE-2 derivative spouse {2018}1" and "Form 1-730 Informal Marriage Guidance (2019}.2 " RAIO officers shall no longer apply this previous guidance . RAIO will instead return to the prior interpretation of the place-of-celebration rule, recognizing that, in certain circumstances, a spousal relationship may exist for the purpose of obtaining derivative refugee and/ or asylee status if there is evidence of an informal marriage for adjudications of Form 1-589, Application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal, Form 1-590, Registration for Classification as Refugee, and Form 1-730, Refugee/ Asylee Relative Petition."