I did my CS undergraduate at an international university (being top 5 in my class), and I am applying for this round of Comuter Science PhD admissions. I'm mostly applying to top 10 schools (MIT, Stanford, CMU, Berkeley, UIUC, ...). My profile is relatively competitive with a few independent publications (written solely by me) and joint publications published in top CS conferences. My LORs are also supposedly strong (Professors' words, not mine as I have not seen the letters).
I came across this website where students post about admission updates and interview invitations. I've noticed that most, if not all, the programs I applied to had already sent interview requests. However, unfortunately I have not heard back from the programs for any interview invite (whether formal or informal).
My question is, how common is it for international applicants to be accepted to these top programs without an interview (formal/informal)? I feel it is unlikely, because if a professor is planning to fund an applicant for a few years, I'd expect they would at-least be interested in having a short conversation with the applicant.
I am aware of this answer, however this was three years ago. I am interested if this expectation has changed over time.