In what appears to be an evident attempt to delay approvals of meritorious employment-based adjustment of status green card cases, USCIS has announced that many of these cases will now require interviews. For the past several years, employment-based adjustment of status cases have generally been approved without interviews.

There is no reason to believe that interviews are necessary in the great majority of labor certification or other employment-based green card cases, because the applicant's qualifications depend entirely on a wide range of technical requirements covered in the paperwork.

I happened recently to attend one of the comparatively few adjustment interviews in a labor certification based case that were scheduled prior to the Trump administration's coming into office, and the interview consisted of little more than the examiner's asking for the I-485 adjustment applicant's name, address and last US entry date, and then stating that he would review the file and most likely approve the case.

The applicant's green card arrived, shortly afterward, as it happened, on the same day that Donald Trump took office as president. His inauguration day will therefore remain forever as a golden day in the life of at least one US lawful permanent resident immigrant!

There is no reason to believe that, absent special circumstances, personal interviews in employment-based green card cases are anything other than a huge waste of USCIS time and resources, as well as a cause of lengthy delays for the applicants.

Delay, for its own sake, along with the attendant hardship to well qualified, often high-skilled and well educated applicants who have already gone though intensive paper-based reviews and background checks at multiple levels of the immigration system, appears to be the obvious and only purpose of this new Trump administration policy.

One could even ask, legitimately and not at all unfairly, if the new policy is motivated by anything else than the pure malice which Trump has shown toward almost all classes of immigrants, especially those from non-European countries, both as a presidential candidate and since taking office as the nation's chief executive.

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Roger Algase is a New York immigration lawyer and graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. Roger has been helping mainly skilled and professional immigrants obtain, work visas and green cards for more than 35 years.

Roger's practice concentrates in both employment based and family based immigration, including H-1B specialty occupation and O-1 extraordinary ability work visas; and green cards through labor certification, and through same sex or opposite sex marriage. His email address is