USCIS has announced the expansion of the discretionary criteria that USCIS officers use on aliens. They use them to determine whether it’s necessary to interview applicants who filed Form I-485. Form I-485 is an application to register permanent residence or to adjust one’s status based on asylee or refugee US immigration status.
The updated criteria will, on a case-by-case basis, help decide if an alien applying for lawful PR status under INA § 209 must be interviewed. The requirements for eligibility to adjust one’s status won’t be changed by the new update with criteria expansion.
The updated list of interview criteria provides more parity with USCIS criteria to decide whether aliens applying for PR should be interviewed. The USCIS officer will decide if the interview has to take place on a case-by-case basis. The change in the criteria will ensure that the program keeps its integrity as well as stays supportive of USCIS’s efforts to find and prevent fraud. That ensures that the US remains safe.
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USCIS – United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
PR – Permanent Resident