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USCIS Expands Interview Requirements for Some Permanent Residency Applicants


Certain applicants seeking to become legal permanent residents within the United States should anticipate a more in-depth process for in-person interviews conducted by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). As part of Executive Order 13780 – Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States – the change is a clear reflection of the Trump Administration’s attempts to place more control on the country’s international borders. Proponents of the executive order believe it will help improve the nation’s immigration systems and programs overall.

Starting on October 1st, 2017, new and detailed interviews may be necessary for anyone applying for:

  • Employment-based adjustment of status applications, such as Form I-485.
  • Refugee and asylee relative petitions for beneficiaries within the U.S. who wish to be filed with a principal refugee or asylee petitioner, such as those using a Form I-730.

Applicants using these forms typically did not require any sort of live interview with the USCIS before the executive order was signed. If the interview process added to these application types proves useful, reasonable, or successful, the USCIS has stated that it could potentially place similar interview requirements on other immigration processes, from employment-based immigration to family-based immigration. Mr. McCament, the Acting USCIS Director, was quoted as saying that the implementation of the additional interview requirements is part of the organization’s efforts “to develop more robust screening and vetting procedures for individuals seeking immigration benefits to reside in the United States.” In order to meet the new demands placed on the agency, the USCIS is planning new training courses for agents, the introduction of newer technology at key agency locations, and possibly the rearrangement of management.

During an in-person interview with an applicant, an agent of the USCIS will be able to:

  • Request reverification of materials provided by the petitioner if suspicions of fraud arise.
  • Ask supplementary questions not covered within initial applications.
  • Personally assess the applicant’s credibility.

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The new interview requirements as ushered in with Executive Order 13780 could potentially be reason for concern among foreign applicants seeking legal permanent residency. With an in-person interview placed between an applying party and living or staying in America, it is possible that personal biasness on part of the interviewer could unfairly lead to applicant rejections. Not being able to correctly anticipate what will be asked during the interview could also decrease the chances of the petition’s approval. Additionally, this will add to an already overburdened process and may cause further delays in approvals of these applications.

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