New Policy: USCIS Interviews Required for Employment-based Green Cards

Starting October 1, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will start requiring applicants sponsored by their employers (or self-sponsored) to attend an immigration interview at the local USCIS office before granting legal permanent residence.

This change is in response to the Trump administration’s commitment to developing “more robust screening and vetting procedures for individuals seeking immigration benefits to reside in the United States.” By conducting in-person interviews, officers will have the opportunity to verify an applicant’s information, discover new information that may be relevant to the adjudication process, and determine the credibility of the individual seeking permanent residency in the U.S.

Despite the announcement, USCIS has not explained how it will implement the change. At this time, we do not know how pending adjustment of status applications will be affected or the length of time it will take for interviews in the new categories to be scheduled.

As the oldest immigration law firm in San Francisco, Fallon Bixby Cheng & Lee was representing clients over a decade ago when interviews were routinely scheduled for employment-based immigration applicants. We are prepared to answer your questions as USCIS rolls out this change, to prepare and represent our clients at these interviews.

For more information or questions, feel free to contact us at (415) 781-2338. Visit our website at for updates on this issue.