The U.S. government is adding new requirements to the green card process which seeks to have more applicants appear for in-person interviews to prevent immigration fraud.
“USCIS is collaborating with our federal partners to develop a uniform baseline for screening and vetting standards and procedures,” Acting USCIS Director James W. McCament said in a statement.
“Part of our USCIS strategy to support this uniform baseline is the incremental expansion of interviews for those benefit types which would provide permanent residence in the United States.”
Beginning October 1, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin expanding in-person interviews for those who entered the country on a work visa and those who are fleeing prosecution from their countries.
This will effectively affect adjustment of status applications based on employment (Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status) and Refugee or asylum relative petitions, under Form I-730 or Refugee/Asylee Relative Petition, for beneficiaries who are in the US and are “petitioning to join a principal asylee/refugee applicant”
Currently, these categories did not require a face to face interview with USCIS before their petitions could be adjudicated.
The new 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.
“This change reflects the Administration’s commitment to upholding and strengthening the integrity of our nation’s immigration system,” said McCament.
Conducting in-person interviews will 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.