USCIS Implementing Interview Requirement

USCIS Implementing Interview Requirement

Dept. Of State

USCIS TO IMPLEMENT REGULAR INTERVIEW REQUIREMENT FOR EMPLOYMENT-BASED IMMIGRANTS IN THE ERA OF “EXTREME VETTING”

In the latest wave of the Trump Administration’s “extreme vetting” immigration campaign, USCIS has announced that all employment-based adjustment of status applicants must now pass an in-person interview. This new policy to set to come into law October 1, although some initial reports from members of the immigration lawyer community indicate that routine employment-based adjustment applicants may already be receiving interview notices.

With average USCIS green card applications already facing a processing time of a half-year or more, such in-person interviews will increase wait-times exponentially. Previously, waivers of a general interview requirement were granted to these applicants as interviews were viewed as an unnecessary step toward residency given that consulates regularly vet candidates’ admissibility during the visa process. Although routine in family cases, employment-based cases generally only triggered an interview requirement where admissibility was an issue. However, unlike consular interviews, adjustment applicants generally have a right to have counsel present during the interview.

JONATHAN A. GRODE
Green and Spiegel
An Immigration Law Firm
What Impact Will Each Presidential Candidate Have on Immigration

What Impact Will Each Presidential Candidate Have on Immigration

With the rising demand for RNs in America, a topic of concern for those considering a move to the U.S. to take a job in the nursing industry. In an election year, there is always a spotlight on the candidates’ immigration platform. We decided to break it down for each Presidential candidate, and what their platform says about their stance on immigration.

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Hillary Clinton

The immigration plan for Hillary Clinton’s platform is the most accepting of immigrants who want to come and/or stay in the country. Her plan includes:

1 – Introduce comprehensive immigration reform

2 – End the three- and 10-year bars.

3 – Defend President Obama’s executive actions—known as DACA and DAPA—against partisan attacks.

4 – Do everything possible under the law to protect families.

5 – Enforce immigration laws humanely.

6 – End family detention and close private immigration detention centers.

7 – Expand access to affordable health care to all families.

8 – Promote naturalization.

Donald Trump

The immigration plan for Donald Trump is based on three principals:

1. A nation without borders is not a nation. There must be a wall across the southern border.

2. A nation without laws is not a nation. Laws passed in accordance with our Constitutional system of government must be enforced.

3. A nation that does not serve its own citizens is not a nation. Any immigration plan must improve jobs, wages and security for all Americans.

Other key factors include: enhanced penalties for overstaying a visa, mandatory return of all criminal aliens, increase number of ICE officers, make Mexico pay for a wall along the US-Mexico border.