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Employment-Based Residency Petitions will now Require In-Person Interviews

By:  Santiago J. Padilla, Esq.

Under previous U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) practice, none of the employment-based permanent residency petitions required in-person interviews.  In fact, while the process has been getting longer over the years, in-person interviews were normally not required.

However, this week USCIS announced that consistent with President Trump's Executive Order 13780, which is titled "Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the Untied States," it will begin conducting in-person interviews all employment-based adjustment applicants under the EB-1 (transferred executive, persons of extraordinary ability, and outstanding professors), EB-2 (advance degree professionals and persons with exceptional ability), and EB-3 (skilled and other workers) categories.

Acting Director of USCIS, James W. McCament, stated that "This change reflects the Administration's commitment to upholding and strengthening the integrity of our nation's immigration system. USCIS and our federal partners are working collaboratively to develop more robust screening and vetting procedures for individuals seeking immigration benefits to reside in the United States."

In-person interviews for these and other categories will commence on October 1, 2017. Such in-person interviews will provide the officer with the opportunity to scrutinze the information provided by the individual applicant and to interrogate the applicate to determine the credibility of the information provided in the application.

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If you have any questions regarding immigration or other legal issues, please do not hesitate to contact me, Santiago J. Padilla, Esq., either at 800-483-7197 FREE or by sending an email to spadilla@frfirm.com.

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