Ohio employment immigration cases are now subject to an additional requirement for those adjusting their status in the United States. According to one news source, beginning on October 1, 2017, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) expanded in-person interviews for those seeking permanent residence in the United States. Previously, although interviews were often conducted in family-based permanent residence cases, interviews were generally waived in employment-based cases.
The current USCIS Director, James M. McCament, stated that the change “reflects the Administration’s commitment to upholding and strengthening the integrity of our nation’s immigration system.” He explained that USCIS is working “to develop more robust screening and vetting procedures for individuals seeking immigration benefits to reside in the United States.”
Former USCIS Director Leon Rodriguez explained that previously, interviews were only conducted for individuals in this group on an “as-needed basis,” due to a concern about the applicant. Rodriguez stated that he was “a little bit mystified” as to why employment-based cases are “the first place they went for interviews.” He said that this group has “never been a particularly high-risk segment of the immigration world.”