In-person Interview for Employment-Based Green Card Applicants

Starting October 1, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will reinstate the in-person interview requirement for employment-based Adjustment of Status (green card) applicants. Although the green card interview is standard for the immigration process, USCIS has traditionally waived in-person interviews at a local USCIS office for most employment-based cases for administrative efficiency reasons. With this change, all employment-based green card applicants must be prepared for the interview. It is still unclear what the effect of this requirement will be, but to start, applicants should expect longer processing time. The implementation of this interview requirement is one of President Trump’s “extreme vetting” directives as outlined in the Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States Executive Order. USCIS will also expand interview requirements to other categories incrementally in the future.