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New interview requirement for employment-based adjustments

Glen D. Wasserstein, Managing Partner of ILG, specializes in immigration law, focusing on E-2 Investor Visas, L-1 visas, H-1B visas, and federal litigation. With a background in international relations, he founded ILG in 1996 and has addressed human trafficking at the United Nations Convention on Crime.

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A new requirement necessitates an in-person interview for employment-based green card applicants at the adjustment stage. Visa holders who are family members of refugees or people who receive asylum will also be required to undergo an in-person interview when they apply for provisional status. The interview mandate is not, technically, new, but USCIS currently routinely waives the interview requirement for employment-based visa holders. Under the new policy, such waivers will no longer be granted. The new policy will start on October 1st and will most certainly have the affect of lengthening wait times for green card final adjustments. ILG feels this is a significant waste of resources and time.