CIS Ombudsman Teleconference Series: USCIS' New Interview Requirements

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Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman

September 20, 2017

Dear Stakeholder,

On September 28, 2017, from 2:00pm to 3:00pm Eastern Time, the Office of the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman will host a teleconference to discuss USCIS’ recent announcement that, beginning October 1, 2017, it will phase in interviews of employment-based Form I-485 Adjustment of Status (green card) applicants.

As USCIS stated in its announcement, “[t]his change complies with [the President’s] Executive Order 13780, ‘Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States,’ and is part of the agency’s comprehensive strategy to further improve the detection and prevention of fraud and further enhance the integrity of the immigration system.”  USCIS representatives will be joining us for this teleconference.

Stakeholders have raised a number of questions regarding this new requirement, including issues with file transfers, the numbers and types of applications that will be interviewed, and the potential impact on processing times, not only for employment-based cases, but also for family-based adjustment of status and naturalization applications, which are currently subject to interviews and adjudicated in field offices.

We will reserve time at the end of our teleconference to take questions from the public on this new process and how it will be implemented. 

We invite the public to register for this important teleconference using the link below.