Scenarios for Waiver Consideration
In certain instances, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) may waive the mandatory interview for I-485 applicants. These waivers are based on specific criteria that align with distinct applicant circumstances.
Marriage to a U.S. Citizen
In scenarios where the applicant is married to a U.S. citizen, immigration authorities might forgo the interview if there is sufficient documented evidence that supports the authenticity of the marriage. Applications must be thorough, with credible documentation that can include joint bank statements, marriage certificates, and proof of cohabitation.
Applicants pursuing employment-based adjustments may receive a waiver if their professional qualifications, job permanency, and employer’s support are clearly demonstrated. Notably, this often applies to applicants whose employment history and statuses are well-documented and raise no concerns about eligibility or security.
Humanitarian cases, such as refugees or individuals seeking asylum, might not be subjected to an interview if they have already undergone significant screening. These applicants typically have their eligibility thoroughly reviewed through their initial status grants.
Children and the Elderly
USCIS may waive interviews for children under 14 and elderly applicants, considering them as low-risk. For children, this may only apply if they have filed together with family members who are also eligible for an interview waiver. Elderly applicants may be waived to avoid undue stress or complications due to age-related factors.