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USCIS expands required in-person interviews for certain permanent residency applicants

  1. Original Date Announced

    August 28, 2017

    USCIS expands in-person interviews for certain green card applicants. Applications affected include employment-based adjustment of status and refugee/asylum relative petitions. Opponents of the in-person interview policy allege that it was promulgated to delay the issuance of green cards. [ID #609]

    USCIS News Release: USCIS to Expand In-Person Interview Requirements for Certain Permanent Residency Applicants
  2. Effective Date

    October 1, 2017
  4. Biden Administration Action: Revoked/Replaced

    August 16, 2022

    Chapter 5 Interview Guidelines

    This Biden administration policy modifies, and in essence reverses, the Trump-era policy identified in this entry.

    USCIS Policy Manual update indicates that USCIS officers have the discretion to waive interviews in most cases.

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Current Status

Not in effect
August 16, 2022
Acted on by Biden Administration

Original Trump Policy Status

Status: Final/Actual
Trump Administration Action: Change in Practice
Agencies Affected: USCIS



Trump-Era Policy Documents
Biden Administration Policy Documents

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