Effective October 1, 2017, USCIS will begin to require substantially more in-person interviews for those applying for permanent residence status. USCIS will specifically begin implementing in-person interviews for all employment-based green card applicants, as well as asylees and refugees who are petitioning for spouse or child to join them in the United States.
USCIS has officially stated that the purpose of these additional interview requirements is for the purpose of national security and public safety, as well as to root out fraud within the immigration system. While USCIS maintains the discretionary authority to conduct in-person interviews, this policy represents a shift from precedent.
As a result of this policy shift, applicants should expect potential processing backlogs. The American Immigration Lawyers Association has expressed a multitude of worries that these policy changes will, at best, significantly delay the process for many to receive a green card, and at worst, severely curtail legal immigration in the United States.
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