Original Date AnnouncedAugust 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
Effective DateOctober 1, 2017
Biden Administration Action: Revoked/ReplacedAugust 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.View Document