The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin expanding in-person interviews for certain immigration benefit applicants beginning on October 1, 2017. This change will impact person with adjustment of status applications based on employment. The adjustment of status application is the final step in the green card process for eligible foreign nationals residing in the U.S.
Previously, persons with these types of applications were not required to appear for an in-person interview in order to have their applications adjudicated. According to USCIS, this change is in compliance with Executive Order 13780, “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States,” and “is part of the agency’s comprehensive strategy to further improve the detection and prevention of fraud and further enhance the integrity of the immigration system.”
USCIS states they will meet the additional interview requirement through enhancements in training and technology as well as transitions in some aspects of case management.
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