Author Archives: Lauren Hopwood

Lauren Hopwood

About: Lauren Hopwood

Lauren leads the firm’s business immigration practice. She focuses her practice on complex employment-based immigration matters, including National Interest Waiver petitions, J-1 Waivers, O-1 petitions and Extraordinary Ability (EB-1) petitions. She represents national and multinational companies and institutions in a broad array of industries, with a particular emphasis in the healthcare sector.

USCIS Requires Interviews for Employment-Based Adjustment of Status Applications Beginning October 1

October 1, 2017 marks the start of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) mandate of an in-person interview for any individual adjusting from an employment-based status to permanent residency (Form I-485 adjustment of status interviews). The requirement will also take effect for family members of refugees or asylees applying for derivative refugee or asylee status (Form I-730 refugee/asylee relative interviews). USCIS currently requires interviews for family-based green card and naturalization adjudications, whether that potential beneficiary is applying for adjustment of status in the U.S. or undergoing consular processing abroad. However, the interview requirement is generally waived for the …