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In-Person Interview Added to Green Card Process

Heather Yamada Hosley, Gawker Media

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Getting a green card is already a complicated, and sometimes confusing, process. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) are now adding an in-person interview for two types of green cards.

This additional in-person interview requirement kicks in October 1, 2017 and, according to USCIS , will apply to the following green card types:

Adjustment of status applications based on employment (Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status).

Refugee/asylee relative petitions (Form I-730, Refugee/Asylee Relative Petition) for beneficiaries who are in the United States and are petitioning to join a principal asylee/refugee applicant.

USCIS also mentioned that they plan to expand interviews to other types in the future. Adding to the green card process for those who want to come to the U.S. to work, or find refuge, can leave some applicants in a dangerous environment or cause a delay in their employment. If you, or someone you know, plan to enter the green card process for one of the two types listed above after October 1st this year, be prepared for a longer process.

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