As per the latest news by USCIS, the USCIS office will remain closed until at least 3 May unless public closures are extended further. This step is taken to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus and protect our nation from this life-threatening disease.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has suspended in-person services to protect its application support centers (ASCs), asylum offices, and field offices from the COVID-19 spread. However, employees working at the USCIS office will continue to provide mission-essential services without face-to-face contact with people. They will continue to offer limited emergency services. If you need limited emergency services, you can get in touch with the Contact Center. Petitioners and applicants will receive notices from USCIS field offices regarding their naturalization ceremonies and scheduled appointments affected by this extended temporary closure of the USCIS office.
Interview cancellation notices will be sent by the USCIS asylum offices and asylum interviews will be automatically rescheduled. Asylum applicants will receive the notification of any changes in the interview date, location and time. When USCIS offices reopen, ASC appointments will be automatically rescheduled by USCIS. Applicants will automatically receive a new appointment letter in the mail. If you’ve had InfoPass or other appointments, you must get in touch with the USCIS Contact Center and reschedule the appointments after field offices resume normal operations. However, do check with the office in your jurisdiction to know if they have opened their office before contacting the USCIS Contact Center.
The strongest weapons to fight against this deadly disease are education and precautions. To know more about the COVID-19, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s COVID-19 site. The USCIS office will reopen again soon. Meanwhile, stay at home, maintain social distancing, clean surfaces appropriately, avoid handshakes or hugs and practice good health habits.
Further updates will be provided by USCIS as the situation improves. Please visit the official website of USCIS for more updates.
Keeping into consideration the current situation caused by the COVID-19, we, at Wildes & Weinberg P.C., are offering assistance via video consultation and phone. If you have any immigration queries, feel free to contact us at (212) 753-3468.