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Effective October 01, 2017, the USCIS announced that it would begin requiring in-person interviews for all employment-based I-485 applications and Refugee/asylee relative petitions. Previously, USCIS waived interviews for certain employment-based applicants, unless there were specific criminal inadmissibility, fraud, or national security concerns. The new policy eliminated interview waivers in all instances and has increased the workload of local USCIS offices, such as Charlotte and Raleigh by 90-95%. Click here to view the Executive Order.