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USCIS Will Be Implementing a Risk-Based Approach to Conditional Permanent Resident Interviews

On April 7th, 2022, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a new policy that will allow the agency to adopt a risk-based approach when agents waive interviews for conditional permanent residents (CPR) who have filed a petition to remove the conditions on their residency status. 

Beginning immediately, these new criteria will allow USCIS to determine when they are allowed to waive interviews for CPRs who filed their Form I-751 known as the “Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence.” Previously, all CPRs were required to interview with a USCIS agent to proceed with their case. 

According to USCIS, prior policy in this area was not efficient nor effective, which is the main reason they decided to overhaul the interview process. A USCIS agent can waive the interview requirement if they determine that there is enough evidence to prove a marriage, the joint-filing requirement is eligible for a waiver, there is no indication of fraud in the documents, there are no complex facts or problems that need resolving, and there is no criminal history that would possibly render CPR removable. 

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