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Employment-Based Adjustment Interviews

As of October 2, 2017, all I-140-based adjustment of status applicants are being required to appear for an in-person interview at a USCIS Field Office.

Demand Transparency from Federal Agencies for “Extreme Vetting” Policies

Touting national security concerns, President Trump has been swiftly implementing burdensome, ineffective, and unnecessary policies through executive actions and memoranda, including implementing several travel bans on Muslim-majority countries and refugees, and now requiring USCIS to conduct in-person interviews with people who have already been thoroughly vetted. Federal agencies like DHS and DOS are not being transparent about how these immigration policies are being developed and administered, leaving individuals and businesses in the dark about how they will be impacted.

Extreme Vetting Policies

Touting national security concerns, President Trump has been swiftly implementing burdensome, ineffective, and unnecessary policies through executive actions and memoranda, including implementing several travel bans on Muslim-majority countries and refugees, and now requiring USCIS to conduct in-person interviews for people who have already been thoroughly vetted. Federal agencies like DHS and DOS are not being transparent about how these immigration policies are being developed and administered, leaving individuals and businesses in the dark about how they will be impacted

DOS Issues Cables with Guidance on Implementing Heightened Screening and Vetting of Visa Applications

Over the last two weeks, DOS Secretary Rex Tillerson issued four cables that offer insight into how the government is implementing President Trump’s so-called “extreme vetting” measures for non-citizens entering the United States. Among other things, one cable contains guidance for implementing Section 2 of the March 6, 2017, Presidential Memorandum regarding protocols and procedures for enhanced screening and vetting of visa applications. That same cable also directs working groups to identify “populations warranting increased scrutiny,” and orders a “mandatory social media check” for all applicants who have ever been present in territory controlled by the Islamic State (ISIS).

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