On August 28, 2017, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will begin implementing in-person interviews beginning October 1, 2017 for the following:
Why is this change being implemented?
According to USCIS this change complies with Executive Order 13780, “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States,” and is part of the agency's comprehensive strategy to further improve the detection and prevention of fraud and further enhance the integrity of the immigration system.
Previously, applicants in these categories did not require an in-person interview in order for their application for permanent residency to be adjudicated. They are typically waived for most applicants. Under the Executive Order, in-person interviews may no longer be waived as they are expected to provide USCIS officers with the opportunity to verify the information provided in an individual’s application, to discover new information that may be relevant to the adjudication process, and to determine the credibility of the individual seeking permanent residence in the United States.
Beyond these two categories, USCIS is planning an incremental expansion of interviews to other benefit types, which means that a bigger pool of applicants may be impacted. For more information about this change, please follow this link to the USCIS dedicated web page on this topic.
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