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Dear Sophie:

My employer sponsored me and my household for green cards. We’re anticipating to get a permit interview set up quickly. What should we anticipate and how should we get ready for our interview?

— Anxious in Newark

Dear Nervous,

Thanks for reaching out. Excellent to hear that you remain in the last stretch of the permit process! Luckily USCIS is launching in-person interviews once again now that they have COVID-precautions in location. For more info, check out what to expect and how to get ready for a permit interview.

Before 2017, USCIS waived interviews for most employment-based green card prospects. But an executive order directing federal agencies to carry out screening and vetting processes triggered USCIS to institute a permit interview for all prospects, consisting of dependents.

USCIS workplaces simply reopened to the general public on June 4, after being closed for almost 2 months due to COVID-19, so scheduling– or rescheduling– a permit interview may require a bit of a wait. Know that USCIS tries to schedule families together for their interview at the very same time and place; however, this is not ensured. USCIS may waive the interview requirement for children 14 years of ages and more youthful.

Constantly notify your immigration attorney of any modifications to your work prior to or right away after the interview, such as:

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