Individuals who are seeking green cards based on employment will have to appear for interviews due to a new enforcement stance by the Trump administration. Immigrants in Maryland and around the country have typically been vetted already as part of the initial visa process, but United States Citizenship and Immigration Services is preparing to add 200,000 interviews to its workload to further vet individuals who apply for adjustment of status green cards.
Technically, the interview process has always been required, but USCIS has historically waived it for green cards based on employment. According to a spokesperson for the agency, USCIS plans to bring on additional staff and make use of overtime hours to handle the increased workload. The spokesperson said that dependents of applicants will also be interviewed except where they are eligible for waivers, such as young children, but that USCIS will attempt to interview all family members together.