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Permanent resident process may slow down with interviews

As the U.S. government grapples with questions of how to manage immigration, new policies emerge. The path to becoming a permanent resident in the United States has generally been slow, but the revival of a once-waived interview process for employment-based green card holders may add more time to the wait. For employment-based green card applicants in New York, this information may explain any delays they are now experiencing. 

The interview has been part of the law for years but has been waived as a means to make more efficient use of limited resources. Employment applications have been considered generally low-risk, and waiving the interview means that more attention can be paid to higher-risk applicants, including those from countries with higher numbers of terrorist activity. The path to permanent residency can take an average of one year to complete, and adding the interviews back in will likely extend this time. 

Critics say that the move seems premature and that more evidence is needed to demonstrate that interviewing employment-based applicants will reduce the number of national security threats. The interview process may be expanded to other classes of immigrants, such as asylees and fiancés, as officials attempt to protect the nation's borders. Proponents of the move claim that the increased interviewing will help bolster security and strengthen integrity of the immigration system. 

In the ever-changing landscape of American immigration, some potential citizens may be clamoring for guidance. Professionals who are well-versed in naturalization laws are available to help. An immigrant coming to New York may choose to consult with an attorney for help on the most effective and up-to-date process for becoming a U.S. permanent resident. 

Source: CNN, "Trump administration adding hurdle for green cards", Tal Kopan, Aug. 28, 2017

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