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USCIS Outlines Protocols for New Employment Permanent Residence Interviews

2018 Go To Thought Leader AwardOn September 28, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Ombudsman outlined protocols for new USCIS in-person interviews required for employment-based applicants effective October 1, 2017. Interviews will be scheduled by field offices for every applicant who has filed an I-485 after March 6, 2017 and notices will be sent to both the applicant and the representing attorney. If additional evidence is needed, USCIS will request prior to the interview. At the interview, officers will review I-485 questions, eligibility criteria, work experience, and educational experience. Additionally, officers will confirm bona fide relationships of family members. USCIS will consider interview waivers for applicants under the age of fourteen.

USCIS has increased staffing and predicts the new interview requirement will only have a small impact on processing times. However, our experience in 2017 has been substantially increased processing times in all applications. 

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Kimberly A. Clarke, Varnum, Immigration Lawyer
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Kim focuses her practice on immigration matters, including nonimmigrant petitions, both employment- and family-based permanent residence applications, expatriation and foreign visa issues. She has developed a strong background in the area of worker verification issues and managed clients through internal and agency Form I-9 audits, USICE compliance investigations and civil criminal charges.

In addition, Kim maintains a specialty practice of consultation with agricultural clients and handles various agricultural labor and employment issues such as compliance with...

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Nina A. Thekdi, immigration lawyer, Varnum
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Nina focuses her practice on business and family-based immigration matters.  Her experience encompasses nonimmigrant visa petitions including H-1B visas, L-1A and L-1B visas, TN visas under the NAFTA treaty, and O-1 visas. She also assists clients with employment-based permanent residence petitions including the labor certifications process, EB-1 extraordinary ability, EB-1 outstanding professor and researchers and EB-1 multinational managers and executives petitions; family-based permanent residence applications; naturalization applications; and foreign visa issues.   She guides clients through the process of obtaining short-term visas and permanent residence status for skilled personnel, including technical professionals, accountants, scientists, managers and executives.  Nina also provides counsel regarding effective immigration compliance programs.

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