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USCIS Revises Interview
Waiver Guidance for Form I-751

USCIS has issued a policy memorandum (PDF, 115 KB) (PM) providing
guidance to USCIS officers on when to consider waiving the interview
requirement for Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on
Residence. This PM goes into effect on December 10, 2018 and applies
to all Form I-751 petitions received on or after December 10.

Generally, USCIS officers must interview a conditional permanent
resident who is the principal petitioner on a Form I-751, unless the
interview is waived. This guidance explains that officers may consider
waiving an interview if they are satisfied that:

•        They can make a decision based on the record because it
contains sufficient evidence about the bona fides of the marriage and
that the marriage was not entered into in order to evade U.S. immigration

•        For Form I-751 cases received on or after December 10, 2018,
USCIS has previously interviewed the principal petitioner;

•        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

When determining whether to waive an interview, these considerations
apply regardless of whether the Form I-751 is filed as a joint petition or
as a waiver of the joint filing requirement.

This PM applies to all USCIS officers adjudicating Form I-751 and fully
replaces the June 24, 2005, PM, “Revised Interview Waiver Criteria for
Form I-751, Petition to Remove the Conditions on Residence.”
USCIS Closes Havana Field
Office on Dec. 10, 2018
USCIS will permanently close its field office in Havana, Cuba, on Dec. 10,
2018. The USCIS field office in Mexico City, Mexico, will assume the Havana
Field Office’s jurisdiction over U.S. immigration matters for individuals who
are in Cuba. The U.S. Department of State in Havana will also assume
responsibility for certain services previously handled by USCIS.

U.S. Embassy visa services in Havana have been almost entirely
suspended since November 2017 due to a drawdown in staffing as a result
of attacks affecting the health of U.S. Embassy Havana employees. The U.
S. Department of State and USCIS continue to explore options to resume
consular and other immigration services in alternate locations. USCIS will
inform individuals of alternate filing or processing instructions that are

Individuals who live in Cuba, or who petition for residents in Cuba, must
follow the filing instructions on

General information about the U.S. Embassy in Havana is available on the
embassy website. You may also contact the embassy by calling 011 (53)
(7) 839-4100 or by mailing:
U.S. Embassy Havana
Calzada between L & M, Vedado
Havana, Cuba

For any other information on services provided, please contact the USCIS
Mexico City Field Office.

For more information on USCIS and its programs, visit