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Employment Based Green Cards May Get Tougher

The Trump administration announced that green card applicants will now be required to go through an interview. This will lead to substantial slow-down to getting green card in the US, which is already very slow. Folks have been waiting for more than 10-15 years in some categories. This order is in compliance with the Executive Order, ‘Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States’, and improve the detection and prevention of fraud.
It is seen as rather than encouraging talented and highly-educated immigrants to continue to contribute to economy, Trump administration is taking steps to make the immigration process more difficult. The USCIS will require in-person interviews for all employment-based green card applicants starting from October 1, 2017. This is in-contrary to the current process that the interview is almost always waived for employment-based green card candidates.
As per this new rule, all employment-based adjustment-of-status (AOS) applicants (I-485) will be required to attend an in-person interview. USCIS has not yet announced the process and type of interview, but applicants should expect additional delays in the green card process. As per the USCIS announcement, credibility of applicants will verify and asses the information provided in the application.
Employment Based Green Card has various stages of processing including the following landmarks:
Labor Certification Process for Green Card
I-140 Process
I-485 Process
Employment based green card applications fall under the categories EB1, EB2, EB3, EB4, EB5, of which EB1 is faster approach.
EB1: It is faster and easier to get green card in this category. This is recomended for people with extraordinary abilitlies, including but not limited to Ph.D. holders, International Managers, etc.
EB2: It is preferable but has significant wait time. This applies to candidates with Master’s degree or equivalent experience as required by the job
EB3: This is the slowest of all, which applies to all who don’t qualify in the EB1 and EB2 categories.

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