USCIS to Expand In-Person Interview Requirements for Green Card Applicants


Yesterday evening USCIS announced it is expanding mandatory in-person interviews for green card applicants. Effective October 1st, USCIS will begin to phase-in interviews for employment-based adjustment of status applications and refugee/asylee relative petitions for foreign nationals who are in the United States and are petitioning to join a principal refugee/ayslee applicant. Previously, USCIS did not require in-person interviews with USCIS officers for these applications. USCIS also stated that it is planning an incremental expansion of interviews to other benefit types.

USCIS is making this change to comply with President Trump's Executive Order, "Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States," which directed the Secretary of Homeland Security and other agency heads to develop uniform screening procedures, such as in-person interviews. USCIS' announcement described the purpose of the interviews as follows: "Conducting in-person interviews will provide USCIS officers with the opportunity to verify the information provided in an individual's application, to discover new information that may be relevant to the adjudication process, and to determine the credibility of the individual seeking permanent residence in the United States."

USCIS also stated it will implement internal enhancements in training and technology, along with transitioning certain aspects of case management, to meet the additional interview requirement.

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