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When does the USCIS require an interview for visa applicants?

On Behalf of | Jun 19, 2020 | Uncategorized |

The process of getting a work visa and entering the United States as a temporary worker is far from simple. There are many steps involved in the process, ranging from finding a business that wishes to hire you as a temporary worker or transfer you to its location in the United States to submitting to fingerprinting and a background check. 

It is also possible for the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to require that a potential nonimmigrant worker complete an interview prior to receiving a visa. When does a worker have to complete an interview as part of the visa application process?

Policy changes have made more visa applicants subject to interviews

Immigration policies tend to change frequently. As of January 27, 2017, interview requirements have shifted to include more people seeking visas and entry into the United States. Currently, all visa applicants will have to submit to an interview unless they have held a visa in the same category that expired less than 12 months ago, file a diplomatic or official visa application, are under the age of 14 or over the age of 79. 

Interview requirements can mean a longer wait after submitting your visa application. Preparing for your interview usually isn’t necessary, as the questions are not a test so much as they are inquisitive about your background, your desire to enter the United States and similar personal matters. This interview is not like the civics test administered to those hoping to become naturalized citizens of the United States. It will focus on the applicant, their background, and their intentions. 

If you’re looking to immigrate to the United States, the experienced guidance of an immigration attorney can be invaluable.