USCIS Strengthens Guidance on Spousal Petitions Involving Minors

01 Mar 2019

The USCIS announced on February 15th that it’s publishing guidance for it’s officers to consider when adjudicating spousal petitions involving minors. The guidance published is an update to the Adjudicator’s Field Manual. It clarifies age requirements for a petitioner filing an affidavit of support for a spouse in conjunction with concurrently filing the I-485 and identifies factors officers should consider when adjudicating a form I-130 spousal petition involving a minor.

In short, this means they will be scrutinizing petitions involving marriages with minors. You have to be the legal marriage age in the country where you’re getting married or celebrating the marriage and you also have to be legal in the state where the couple plans on residing or living.

This news doesn’t affect a significant amount of RapidVisa customers. It generally pertains to when two near-adult-aged minors, (i.e. two 17-year-olds; a 17-year-old and an 18-year-old; etc.).

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