What to expect at Employment-Based Adjustment Interviews with USCIS
As part of President Trump’s Executive Order on protection of the United States from terrorist activities, on August 28, 2017, USCIS announced that it is now requiring employment-based green card applicants to appear for a personal interview with a USCIS officer before their green card case can be approved.
The mandatory interviews are being conducted with all applicants whose I-485, Application to Adjust Status, was filed on or after March 6, 2017. If an applicant’s derivative family members filed the I-485 at the same time, they are also subject to in-person interviews. Exclusion from interview may be only applicant’s children under the age of 14, if a waiver is requested.
During the interview, a USCIS officer reviews the applications to determine an applicant’s eligibility to adjust status. The officer also reviews the evidence and documents supporting employer’s I-140 petition to ensure that they are authentic. All applicants who are called for an interview should be prepared to answer questions about their personal and educational background, employment history and proposed employment in the U.S., and to provide supporting documentation as requested.
In regards to interviews with the family members, they may be asked questions about their relationship to the principal applicant, job for which the applicant is being sponsored, and the applicant’s educational and professional background. The spouse may also be asked questions about their relationship in order to determine the bona fides of marriage.
Since the mandatory employment-based interviews are new, attending the interview with an attorney is highly recommended. If you want to have attorney at your green card interview, please contact us.