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USCIS to require I-730 petitioners to appear for interview

  1. Original Date Announced

    November 18, 2020

    In PM-602-0180, USCIS expands mandatory in-person interviews for refugee/asylee relative petitions (Form I-730, Refugee/Asylee Relative Petition), to ultimately include petitioners in addition to beneficiaries, regardless of location. While beneficiaries of these petitions are already interviewed abroad, under the new USCIS policy memorandum, "USCIS will require most petitioners to appear for an interview". The memo provides a timeline for phased implementation of the new interview requirement. [ID# 1202]

    PM-602-0180: Expanding Interviews to Refugee/Asylee Relative Petitions
  2. Effective Date

    November 18, 2020
  4. Biden Administration Action: Revoked/Replaced

    December 10, 2021

    2021.12.10 USCIS Reverts to Previous Criteria for Interviewing Petitioners Requesting Derivative Refugee and Asylee Status for Family Members

    This Biden administration policy revokes in full the Trump-era policy identified in this entry.

    On December 10, 2021, USCIS rescinded the November 2020 policy that had required interviews of all petitioners filing Form I-730, deeming it inconsistent with EO 14012 and 14013. Effective immediately, USCIS will make case-by-case determinations on whether to interview Form I-730 petitioners.

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Current Status

Not in effect
December 10, 2021
Acted on by Biden Administration

Original Trump Policy Status

Trump Administration Actions: Agency Directive Change in Practice
Agencies Affected: USCIS

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