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Immigration & Compliance Law 
USCIS Expands In-Person Interview Requirements for I-485 Permanent Residency Applicants

On August 28, 2017, the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Service (USCIS) announced it will begin expanding in-person
interviews for certain immigration benefit applicants whose benefit, if granted, would allow them to permanently reside in the United States.

This change complies 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.

Effective 10/01/2017, USCIS will begin to phase-in interviews for the following:
  • Adjustment of status applications based on employment (Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status).
  • 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.
Previously, applicants in these categories did not require an in-person interview with USCIS officers in order for their applications for permanent residency to be adjudicated. Beyond these categories, USCIS is planning an incremental expansion of interviews to other benefit types.

"This change reflects the Administration's commitment to upholding and strengthening the integrity of our nation's immigration system," said Acting USCIS Director James W. McCament. "USCIS and our federal partners are working collaboratively to develop more robust screening and vetting procedures for individuals seeking immigration benefits to reside in the United States."

Conducting in-person interviews will provide USCIS officers with the opportunity to verify the information provided in an individual's application, to discover new information that may be relevant to the adjudication process, and to determine the credibility of the individual seeking permanent residence in
the United States. USCIS will meet the additional interview requirement through enhancements in training and technology as well as transitions in some aspects of case management.

This immigration alert is only being sent to company representatives; however, please feel free to share it with your employees as you deem fit.  Going forward, we will advise new employment-based I-485 applicants of the interview requirement.

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Leila Freijy
Law Office of Leila Freijy PLLC