U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) has updated its Policy Manual and now allows immigration officers to waive the interview requirement for some family-based immigrants. This gives greater discretion to immigration officers on deciding to approve the adjustment of status applications without attending an interview.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, USCIS has experienced an incredible backlog of pending applications. As a result, there have been multiple changes in their operations and processes. Typically, when an applicant files for Adjustment of Status, USCIS requires the Applicant to attend an Adjustment of Status interview. It appears that because of the backlog, USCIS is trying to be more efficient and it is approving more green card applications without this interview requirement.
As this new trend emerges, we recommend all Applicants filing for Adjustment of Status based on marriage to submit the most bona fide documents possible in order to possibly obtain their green card in the mail without having to attend an in person interview.
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Laura Quintero & Isabella Fortich