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Immigration


27 September 2017

UNITED STATES: Green card rules tightened

USCIS announced that effective 1st October 2017 the practice of waiving employment-based adjustment of status interviews will be waived. USCIS has also started to deny Advance Parole applications when the applicant departs the United States.  

How does this affect the client?

All applicants who will apply for permanent residence while being physically present in the United States will be impacted. All foreign nationals who have already submitted the adjustment of status application will have to undergo a personal interview at the USCIS office with jurisdiction over their place of residence. The elimination of waiving the interview requirement will almost certainly result in significant delays in processing applications for permanent residence.

Green card applicants without advance parole, are not permitted to travel internationally, unless the applicant holds a valid H-1B, H-4 or L visa. Advance Parole applicants should avoid travelling abroad while their advance parole is pending. 

 

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