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Mandatory Interviews – An Update

As of October 1, 2017, USCIS will be implementing a new step for Adjustment of Status applicants whose cases are employment based and Refugee/Asylum relative petitions for beneficiaries who are in the US and are applying to join the principal Refugee/ Asylum applicant.  Applicants who are in these two criteria will now be scheduled for interviews as a part of the adjudication process for their case.

The interview process is a way to further vet applicants on the information provided by the applicants in their application and to discern more information from applicants.  In other words, a more extensive screening process.

Previously these two categories were not subject to an interview but with the Executive Order 13780 – “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” – this could be the first of many changes that USCIS decides to implement.  The requirement for an interview may also spread to other visa types and categories as well.

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