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Are all adjustment of status applicants interviewed by USCIS?

There's no question that those individuals seeking an adjustment of status, meaning a change in their immigration status from nonimmigrant or temporary to immigrant or permanent, will find the process challenging. That's because there are arcane regulations to read, detailed petitions to file and, of course, stressful interviews to attend.

Regarding these interviews, it's understandable how those going through the process might question the need for them given the thoroughness of the paperwork they've filled out and all the other information they've already willingly supplied to the government.

While it's understandable how the interview process could make an applicant frustrated, this frustration might be lessened to a degree if they know more about why U.S. Customs and Immigration Services takes this step.

In general, USCIS conducts an interview because it enables it to secure important information about the applicant, and determine whether he or she satisfies the eligibility requirements.

From the applicant, it gives them the opportunity to not only share their story, but also revise any incorrect or incomplete answers they may have inadvertently provided.

It's also important to understand that outside of those situations where an applicant is clearly ineligible, there are some applicants for whom USCIS may elect to waive the interview.

Some of those parties who might not have to sit for the interview include:

  • Unmarried children of U.S. citizens (if not filed as part of a family pack)
  • Parents of U.S. citizens
  • Individuals betrothed to U.S. citizens who married within 90 days and their children
  • Unmarried children -- under 14 -- of lawful permanent residents
  • Applicants in refugee and asylee cases who have previously been interviewed by a refugee or asylum officer

It's also important to understand that interviews might also be waived for employment-based adjustment cases.

If you require assistance with securing a green card or have questions about another pressing immigration law matter, consider speaking with a skilled legal professional as soon as possible.

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