Wednesday, June 3, 2020

USCIS reopening on June 4

USCIS reports that it will reopen "certain field offices and asylum offices" on June 4, 2020. These offices will resume non-emergency face-to-face services to the public. Application support centers will resume services later. Additional details here.

This is what you can expect as USCIS offices re-open on June 4, 2020:

  • Naturalization Ceremony: Expect a notice from USCIS regarding the new rescheduled date. The Ceremonies will be shorter in duration and attendees will receive flyers with informational links instead of watching videos during the ceremony.
  • Biometrics Appointment: Expect an update to the previously sent appointment-reschedule notice.
  • Visa/US Citizenship InterviewA new date and time will be issued for the next available interview slot.
  • Asylum Interview Appointments: Applicants that may have received interview cancellation notices from USCIS asylum offices should anticipate a notice about rescheduled asylum interview dates. This will have a new time, date and location of the interview. These interviews will be conducted via video transmission and applicants and USCIS officers will be sitting in different rooms.
  • Application Support Centers: USCIS will send new appointment letters in the mail regarding the next steps-of-action for appointments that were affected due to office closures.
  • InfoPass Appointments: Please reschedule your previously cancelled or new appointments by contacting the USCIS Contact Center. This may vary with each office and depend upon guidelines from individual states.

Important to Know

  • Even though the USCIS offices reopen on June 4, offices will reduce the number of appointments and interviews to ensure social distancing, allow time for cleaning and reduce waiting room occupancy.
  • Always check to see if the specific office has been reopened before calling the Contact Center.
  • As each State Governor issues guidelines about reopening certain services within each state, USCIS offices will adhere to these.
  • While USCIS offices re-open, minimal social distancing is still to be maintained. Unless applicants receive the reschedule notice, they should not visit the office.
  • There won’t be any penalty for requesting to reschedule an appointment if the applicants are sick or feeling ill and can’t make it to the offices on the appointment date. Just follow the protocol about rescheduling and notify the USCIS office in time.
  • The notices being sent out have instructions about rescheduled visa appointments. Please adhere to the directions therein.
  • Making personal visits at the counter at any USCIS office is strongly discouraged unless an appointment is confirmed first.
  • Since CDC guideline requires restrictions on gatherings of more than 35 people, any walk-in immigration petitioner or unscheduled visitor will be asked to leave. 
  • Federal guidelines require that most essential service offices function at 25% of their capacity. Depending upon the perimeter of each USCIS office, the number of people inside the office could be restricted.

MHC

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