Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn
On March 18, 2020, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) – a government agency that oversees lawful immigration – temporarily suspended routine in-person services to help slow the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). USCIS offices will reopen on April 7, 2020, unless the public closures are extended further.
(April 1, 2020, Update: The USCIS temporary office closure will be extended until at least May 3, 2020, and USCIS offices will begin to reopen on May 4, 2020, unless the public closures are extended further, according to a news alert on the USCIS website.)
The USCIS staff will continue to perform duties that do not involve contact with the public. However, the USCIS will provide emergency services for limited situations. To schedule an emergency appointment, contact the USCIS Contact Center at www.uscis.gov/contactcenter.
The USCIS domestic field offices will send notices to applicants and petitioners with scheduled appointments and naturalization ceremonies impacted by this closure. The USCIS asylum offices will send interview cancellation notices and automatically reschedule asylum interviews.
When the interview is rescheduled, asylum applicants will receive a new interview notice with the new time, date, and location for the interview. When USCIS again resumes normal operations, USCIS will automatically reschedule Application Support Center appointments due to the office closure.
New appointment letters are received via mail. Individuals who had InfoPass or other appointments at the field office must reschedule through the USCIS Contact Center, once field offices reopen to the public. Please check the USCIS Field Offices page at www.uscis.gov/about-us/find-uscis-office/field-offices.
Education and precautions are the strongest tools against infection. Get the latest facts by visiting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 website. Continue to practice good health habits, refrain from handshakes or hugs as greetings, and wash hands and clean surfaces appropriately.
The USCIS will provide further updates as the situation develops. Effective immediately, USCIS is no longer accepting Service of Process in person locally. More information about emailing Service of Process to USCIS is at https://www.uscis.gov/legal-resources/uscis-service-process-notice.
More information from the federal government about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is available to the public at USCIS.gov/coronavirus, CDC.gov/coronavirus, Coronavirus.gov, DHS.gov/coronavirus, and USA.gov/coronavirus. The USCIS website is at https://www.uscis.gov/.
On January 31, 2020, the USCIS announced the publishing of a new version of the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification with the version date of 10/21/2019 that employers must use by May 1, 2020. After that date, employers may no longer use the Form I-9 with the 07/17/2017 version date.
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