Beginning October 1st, 2017, USCIS will require in-person interviews for certain green card applications that before now did not need an interview before approval, and certain immigration benefits that will subsequently lead to permanent resident status in the US.
The Immigration applications that will require an Interview before approval include:
- Green card applications based on employment
- Refugee/Asylee Relative Petition filed on behalf of beneficiaries already in the U.S.
Apart from the above categories, USCIS is planning to gradually expand its interview requirements to other types of immigration applications/benefits not currently affected.
The goal of this change is to improve the detection and prevention of immigration fraud and the integrity of the US immigration system.
According to USCIS, these interviews will provide them with the opportunity to verify information provided on the Immigration applications, discover new information not reflected on the Immigration forms and help them determine the credibility of the applicant during the USCIS interview.
In conclusion, applicants for the above immigration applications should be prepared to attend USCIS interview before the approval of their Immigration application.