The Biden Administration announced that marriage-based Green Card interviews are waived under the following circumstance:
- The Green Card application is filed in the United States at a USCIS Service Center.
- The filing is successful.
This policy follows the logic – that has been obvious to most of us for a LONG time – that if everything is in order and checks out at the Service Center, then the foreign-born spouse is eligible for a Green Card. The interview is unnecessary.
Scheduling an interview for marriage-based Green Cards can take up to six months. For those in the United States, waiver of the interview can cut the wait time to get your Green Card nearly in half.
Not to mention interviews are stressful and can make even the most legitimate couple seem suspicious. Questions like, “How many people were at your wedding?” or, “where did you go on your first date?” or, “what time did you leave your wedding reception?” or even, “who does the housework and what day does your garbage get picked up?” can fail to jog anyone’s memory, especially under stress. AND especially if the couple is separated. Who really does the housework? Questions can be – and often are – subjective. Jump on this opportunity to avoid the whole situation.
Since this is an Administration policy and not a law, now is the time to act to save time, stress, and the possibility of having your Green Card rejected. There is no guarantee that this policy will carry over come 2025.
Sheila Danzig is the director of CCI TheDegreePeople.com. Sheila specializes in overturning RFEs and Denials for work visas.