USCIS to Expand In-Person Interview Requirements for Certain Permanent Residency Applicants
Starting October 1, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin conducting in-person interviews for applicants whose benefit, if granted, would allow them to obtain permanent residence in the United States (Green Card). Previously, applicants in these categories did not require an in-person interview with USCIS officers.
The interviews will be conducted with foreign nationals applying for the following:
• Adjustment of status applications based on employment (Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status), and
• Refugee/asylee relative petitions (Form I-730, Refugee/Asylee Relative Petition) for beneficiaries who are in the United States and are petitioning to join a principal asylee/refugee applicant.
This change is part of USCIS’ strategy to further improve the detection and prevention of fraud and further enhance the integrity of the immigration system. Conducting in-person interviews will provide agency officers with the opportunity to verify the information provided in an individual’s application, and to determine the credibility of the individual seeking to stay permanently in the United States.
Initial interviews will be scheduled between 3 and 10 months after receipt of the application, and the notices will be sent 3 to 4 weeks prior to the interview. All applicants scheduled to appear for the interview will have to bring the original Interview Notice along with all the documents, listed in the notice.
Beyond the two above-mentioned categories, USCIS is planning on expanding interviews to other benefit types.