On Friday, Trump and others put into effect an extra stipulation for applying for green card status for anyone who is interested in obtaining one. Immigration authorities are now required to request an in-person interview with specific individuals who request a green card. This will certainly add an impediment in the immigration process, further slowing the process of becoming a naturalized citizen.
A spokesperson for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services described that anyone who is moving from an employment visa to permanent residency will be required to be processed through an in-face interview, along with anyone who is a family member of a refugee or any asylum seeker. For those seeking asylum, the interview will only allow for approval of a provisional status only, since they must go for an additional interview after provisional status is granted.
In 2015, 168,000 immigrants achieved residency in this manner, according to the Department of Homeland Security. Most moved from an employment visa to a green card. These specifics are actually included in the travel ban set by the Trump Administration. These processes are included under the increased "vetting process."
Ten years ago, these interviews were actually standard, but in order to improve efficiency, they were removed. William Stock, a Philadelphia immigration lawyer, says it will take the agency "back." He said, “The immigration service realized that most of the [interview] time was a colossal waste of everyone’s time." Specifically, the agency and the Trump Administration did not explain how they plan to address scheduling and maintain the interviews.
OUR VERDICT: The Trump Administration continues to find ways to undermined the immigration system without a wall so as to curb both legal and illegal immigration. This will certainly create more issues with a system already severely backed-up, and further deter individuals and families from entering the United States for work and for a better life.