USCIS revealed a new policy on Monday that would significantly expand the in-person interview requirement for asylum-seekers and refugees trying to gain lawful status for their relatives. The agency said that it needs “most” asylum-seekers or refugees to appear for an interview regarding their relative’s admission to provide an “additional layer of in-person adjudicate scrutiny.” The policy memo from Nov. 18 contributes to a longer-term effort by the Trump administration to pin down in-person interviews for people seeking immigration benefits. The new policy is set to begin a phased implementation in the first quarter of 2021 and apply to petitioners across the board, regardless of location or concerns about eligibility.

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