Feds Expand In-Person Interviews For Relatives Of Refugees

By Asher Stockler (December 1, 2020, 8:38 PM EST) -- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services revealed a new policy Monday that would significantly expand the in-person interview requirement for refugees and people who have been granted asylum who are trying to gain lawful status for their relatives.

The agency said that it needs "most" asylees or refugees, as opposed to a smaller subset under current policy, "to appear for an interview" regarding their relative's admission in order to provide "an additional layer of in-person adjudicative scrutiny."

"The petitioner's participation in the interview is critical," USCIS said. "In some instances, the petitioner may serve as the primary means to verify qualifying familial...

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