19 Sep 2017

Immigration News Update

Green Card applicants will now face extra hurdle under Trump’s immigration policy.

Under President Trump’s ‘extreme vetting’ of immigrant policy, Green Card applicants will now be required to go through an interview in order to obtain permanent residence. Although Green Card applicants have always been required to be interviewed under the law, in the past, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) has always waived such interview for broad categories applicants and focus its resources on higher-risk cases.

According to the USCI, the new policy is designed to combat on illegal immigration and put restrictions on who can enter the US. The new policy will come into effect on 1 October this year, and Green Cards applicants who based their applications under employment or for refugee and asylum will now be subject to a face to face interview. The administration explains in-person interviews will allow officers to verify the application and further discover new relevant information as well as assessing the credibility of the applicant. As a result, this would enhance and strengthen the integrity of the Nation’s immigration system.

It is unknown how many people will be affected by the new policy, but it is certain that it will inevitably add burdens on the system and Green Card applicants will have to overcome an extra hurdle in order to obtain permanent residence.

(Source: http://edition.cnn.com/2017/08/28/politics/trump-administration-green-cards-interviews/index.html)