USCIS to Expand In-Person Interview Requirements for Certain Permanent Residency Applicants Starting

On August 28, 2017, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced that it will be expanding in-person adjustment of status interviews to include all employment-based applications as part of its new “extreme vetting” procedures to screen for fraud and national security risks under the President’s Executive Order, “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States.” The announcement states that this policy will take effect on October 1, 2017. At this time, USCIS has yet to provide any substantive information on how this change in policy will be phased-in at the local USCIS Field Offices, or how applications already in process will be affected. Applicants with pending adjustment of status applications filed before the effective date of October 1, 2017 should anticipate longer processing times to account for the in-person interview. Attorney offices are typically copied on appointment notices, which are sent prior to the interview. We will provide an update and guidance on this matter once we receive further information from USCIS.

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