01 Sep USCIS to Expand In-Person Interviews for Certain Permanent Residency Applicants
USCIS just announced that it will begin conducting in-person interviews of all employment-based adjustment of status (AOS) applicants as well as applicants for Derivative Asylee and Refugee Status. Starting October 1, 2017, USCIS will begin to phase-in interviews for the following:
Adjustment of status applications based on employment (Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status).
Refugee/asylee relative petitions (Form I-730, Refugee/Asylee Relative Petition) for beneficiaries who are in the United States and are petitioning to join a principal asylee/refugee applicant.
Previously, applicants in these categories did not require an in-person interview with USCIS officers in order for their application for permanent residency to be adjudicated. Beyond these categories, USCIS is planning an incremental expansion of interviews to other benefit types.