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USCIS tightens legal marriage requirement for refugee RE-2 derivative spouses

  1. Date Announced

    Feb. 14, 2019

    The Refugee Affairs Division issued guidance requiring formal, legal marriages for the purposes of including a spouse as an RE-2 derivative spouse in refugee cases. Previous guidance had allowed informal or unregistered marriages in certain cases where spouses faced challenges in marrying formally and could not easily perfect the marriage.

    [ID #1246]

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  2. Effective Date of Change

    Feb. 14, 2019
Status: Final/Actual
Subject Matter: Refugees
Agencies Affected: USCIS

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