New Old Policy, Requiring Interviews for Employment-Based and Asylum Dependent Adjustment Cases

The Trump administration will no longer waive the in-person interview step before certain applicants can get a green card. Previously, USCIS had allowed employment-based applicants and asylum dependents applying for a green card to skip the in-person interview part of the process. The reason for waiving the interview in those cases was to redistribute resources to higher priority cases. The basis for the Trump administration’s policy is “extreme vetting,” in order to protect national security, but reflects this government’s general anti-immigrant stance. The policy will take effect on October 1, 2017 and will likely cause more delays in an already lengthy process.