In an August announcement, the U.S. Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS)
announced that certain
permanent residency applicants will face expanded in-person interview requirements. If an
immigrant is seeking to change their status to a permanent resident and
receive their green card, these new interviews may affect them.
The changes come due to a push to comply with Executive Order 13780, “Protecting
the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States.”
It is a part of a comprehensive strategy to enhance the integrity of the
immigration system. It also seeks to improve the detection and prevention
of fraud by immigrants.
The new changes will be effective October 1, 2017. After this date, the
USCIS will begin in-person interviews for the following classes of applicants:
- Applicants who are seeking an adjustment of status on the basis of their
employment in the U.S.
- Applicants who are relatives of refugees or asylees who are already in
the U.S., whom the applicant wishes to join there.
In the past, these applicants did not need to attend an in-person interview
with a USCIS officer to have their application for permanent residency
adjudicated. These changes are the first step in a plan to incrementally
expand the interview requirement to other benefit types.
Conducting an in-person interview with these classes of immigrants will
allow the USCIS officers a chance to verify the provided information,
discover any new information that is relevant to the application, and
determine the credibility of the individual applicant. The additional
interview requirement will be met with enhancements in training and technology
to better handle these cases.
New interview requirements can add just one more obstacle in the already
lengthy interview process. Our Philadelphia
immigration attorney is here to help you manage the hurdles. With more than a decade
of legal experience, we are committed to ensuring that your receive high-quality
legal representation, tailored to your needs. The
Law Office of Matthew Archambeault is here to support you through every step of your immigration journey.
Contact our firm to request a
case evaluation. Call (215) 649-7535 today.