The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the United States Department of Immigration, is constantly reviewing the rules for applying for permanent residency in the country and enhancing the system for detecting and combating fraud. On October 1st, the beginning of the next fiscal year of immigration, a personal interview will be required for all permanent residency applicants still pending (Form-485) in all work visa categories. Visa holders of refugee relatives who received asylum (Form I-730) will also have to go through the personal interview to apply for permanent residence, according to the USCIS.
During the last fiscal year, some 168,000 immigrants from these categories were granted permanent residency, according to data from the Immigration Department. Most were originally working visas in the categories H-1B, L1, EB-2 and EB1 among others.
The need for a personal interview is not something new. In the last ten years, the USCIS waived the interview in most cases. But no need to worry. In cases of legitimate and well-founded applications, the interview is just another administrative procedure during the expatriation process. The general guideline is to always tell the truth, and never present any false information or adulterated documents to public officials. Be transparent and respect the laws.
This change complies with Executive Order 13780, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” signed last March, and is part of USCIS’s strategy to improve the security and integrity of the immigration system.
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