US Green Card applicants must now attend an in-person interview- the new rule says

Posted on August 31, 2017

While applying for a Green Card has its own complications in this Trump reign, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is up with another condition.  According to an announcement by Trump Administration this Monday, candidates (overseas workers, refugees or asylee relatives) aiming to apply for the following green cards must have to attend an in-person interview with USCIS. This new rule will come into effect from October 1, 2017.

  • 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.

It is stated that USCIS aims to expand their plans of interview to other types of visas in future. According to the USCIS,  this decision of making in-person mandatory during Green Card application is a support to Trump’s executive order titled “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States,” and a fight against the fraud and illegal immigration. However, according to the published USCIS guidelines, candidates who are applying for employment based Green cards are exempted from this rule, provided that they have evident extra ordinary abilities and their petitioning employer is the same one who has sponsored their initial work visa.

In this context, the acting USCIS Director, James W. McCament, said: “This change reflects the administration’s commitment to upholding and strengthening the integrity of our nation’s immigration system.”

“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.”

The Trump administration believes that the in-person interview will help officers a thorough verification, analyze submitted information and at the same time, access the genuine creditability of the applicant.

With this news, it is evident enough that the United States is working hard in cutting down the illegal and unfair immigration numbers. Similarly, the recently proposed bill of introducing a points visa system in US is a support to the same imitative.