In-Person Interview Requirements Expanded

This week, the USCIS has announced an expansion of a requirement for in-person interviews amongst certain applicants who are trying to become permanent residents. These interview requirements will begin on October 1 and will be applied to those who are applying for an adjustment of status for employment and those who are petitioning as a relative of a refugee/asylee.

The goal of this new requirement is for the USCIS to be able to strengthen the immigration system of the country and to ensure that Executive Order 13780, “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States” is being implemented. Up until this point, it had never been required for an applicant in these categories to participate in an in-person interview with an immigration officer.

What will they ask at my interview?

There are a number of different topics that will be addressed at your USCIS interview so it is important that you go into the interview prepared. The goal is to primarily just verify the information that you have already provided to USCIS. They may ask about your reasons for wanting to become a permanent resident, your relation to the person that you are petitioning to join, and about your employment in the United States.

If you have questions about attending an in-person interview with an immigration officer, it is important that you consult with an experienced attorney who can provide you with assistance.

John Sesini is an experienced immigration attorney with offices in Green Bay and Milwaukee Wisconsin. If you have any questions regarding these matters, please contact the Sesini Law Group, S.C. and obtain your initial consultation.

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