June 10, 2013
In 2012 the USCIS announced a new policy of considering waiving final interviews for certain family based adjustment petitions. For example, if you as a citizen filed for your parents, the USCIS will consider waiving the final interview if you provide original documents or certified copies of documents. Similarly the USCIS will consider waiving the interview if you are a U.S. citizen petitioning for your minor children or adopted children, or a fiancé, or a permanent resident filing for your children under 14. Now the USCIS has announced that many of these cases are being warehoused at the National Benefits Center with processing times exceeding 11 months. With this in mind it may make sense not to provide documents that will encourage the USCIS to consider waiving the interview, but rather to present the case the old fashion way, planning for an interview, so that it will be resolved in a timely fashion.