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New interview rule may cause delays for immigrants

Immigrants living in Florida and around the country who want an employment-based green card will now need to complete an in-person interview. The interview requirement went into effect on Oct. 1. In the past, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services generally waived the interview for those applying for such a green card. Many who understand the green card process say that they are unsure why this group was targeted.

According to one immigration attorney, those seeking this type of green card generally stay within the law. Furthermore, the attorney pointed out that there are few patterns shown among those in the immigrant population who do commit crimes. For instance, the man involved in the San Bernardino shooting came to the country on a K-1 visa. However, that person would have been just as likely to come to the United States on any other visa that he may have been eligible for.

The new interview requirement may mean delays for those who have pending applications. There have been an additional 200,000 interviews scheduled at USCIS field offices, but the agency has still warned of extended processing times in some areas. In addition to the applicants themselves, their dependents may also need to be interviewed with exceptions made for small children or others who qualify for a waiver.

Immigrants who are interested in working in the United States may benefit by consulting with an attorney. The same may be true for those who currently have a work visa. Legal counsel can explain the new interview requirement as well as how to prepare for it.

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