USCIS Expands In-Person Interviews for Green Card Cases
August 31, 2017
Starting October 1, 2017, USCIS will begin scheduling interviews for all employment-
based green card applications and refugee/asylee relative petitions where the applicants are present in the United States. This includes anyone who filed Form I-485 based on an approved I-140, and anyone who filed Form I-730 as the family member of an individual who was granted asylum or refugee status. The policy prior to this has been to interview all marriage-based applicants and select family-based and employment-based applicants. This change reflects the current administration's desire to further vet applicants who intend to reside in the United States permanently.
Interviews allow USCIS to verify a person's identity, corroborate information and evidence included in the application packet, and ensure that an applicant is credible. In the interview, the USCIS officer will review the application packet, including any supporting documentation, and gather any documentation that may have been missing from the application packet. The applicant is placed under oath at the time of their interview, just as they would be if they were testifying in a courtroom proceeding.