Is this legal? Are they allowed to do such things because we felt like abused puppets.
This was a totally inappropriate request which I would have immediately objected to an would have reported to a supervisor right then and there. You should nevertheless report this behavior to a supervisor as soon as possible regardless of the outcome.
I agree that this was inappropriate. You should write a letter to the supervisor and the Director of the office. I would also consider submitting a request to the USCIS Ombudsman's office because this is behavior they need to know about and will hopefully respond to. You can submit a report online.
Your objection sounds bizarre. Why is it such a problem for you that it warrants righteous indignation and spending time posting on AVVO asking about the legal underpinning for the request?
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Although an inappropriate request by officer, but why is this an issue? Don't complicate your adjustment process by filing any complaints etc. That could raise unnecessary flags.
You should report this to appropriate supervisor and follow complaint procedures within the agency
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Such a request is completely inappropriate and should have been brought to a supervisor's attention immediately. Having an experienced attorney at your interview would have prevented this shenanigans and make sure the interview was properly conducted. If your case was not approved you should retain counsel without delay.
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