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Interviews now required for employment-based adjustment of status

Many individuals come to the United States in hopes of finding work. It is not unusual for parties to gain entry to the country due to obtaining a work visa or through other employment immigration means. This process can often help individuals improve their lives and opportunities, and they may even wish to seek an adjustment of status in hopes of obtaining a green card.

Individuals in California hoping to adjust their residency status may be interested in changes to the process. Previously, only 5 to 10 percent of individuals looking to obtain an employment-based green card had to go through an interview portion when working through the adjustment of status process. Now, a recent policy change enacted by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services requires all individuals seeking employment-based green cards to go through an interview.

This policy change relates to an executive order signed by President Trump relating to the prevention of foreign terrorists entering the country. However, some opponents to the change believe that it is unnecessary because widespread fraud in employment-based green card applications does not exist. Now that interviews are required for all individuals seeking this status adjustment, the process will likely take a longer amount of time to complete.

Hoping to obtain an adjustment of status is a goal of many individuals. Employment-based green cards can often help individuals maintain their occupations and gain permanent residency without a considerable disruption to their lives. If individuals in California have questions or concerns regarding this policy change, they may wish to consult with knowledgeable attorneys.

Source: lexology.com, "Getting a Green Card Just Got Tougher: USCIS Will Now Interview All Employment-Based Adjustment of Status Applicants", Keith Covington, Dec. 5, 2017

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