USCIS prepares to open offices to resume operation

USCIS resumes public services

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is getting some domestic offices to ready to reopen. These offices serving US immigration will resume non-emergency public services on or after June 4, 2020.

From 18th March 2020, USCIS had temporarily suspended routine in-person services at its asylum offices, field offices, and application support centers (ASC). This was done to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

USCIS continues to provide limited emergency in-person services concerning immigration to USA.

When the offices will be reopened, social distancing will be ensured at these offices. This will lead to a reduced number of appointments and interviews.

The appointment notices will also carry information on safety measures expected to be followed by the visitors in the USCIS facilities.

Even if someone has to reschedule the appointment due to illness, it will not be penalized.

The asylum offices of USCIS will automatically reschedule interviews that were canceled when the temporary closures came into effect. A new interview notice with a new time, date, and location will be sent to the asylum applicant.

Asylum offices will quite possibly conduct video-facilitated asylum interviews. The interviewer and the person interviewed will sit in different rooms.

A similar approach using gadgets including mobile devices will be followed by all concerned officers. They will ensure full participation while maintaining social distancing.

Like the asylum interviews, rescheduled naturalization ceremonies will also be intimated via notices from USCIS to the concerned parties.

In the ceremony, attendees, whose number will be kept short, will receive flyers with information and links to lead them to the videos on the USCIS website. There will be no videos played during the ceremony.

For interviews that got canceled due to closures, new notices will be sent to applicants and petitioners. The attendees of the interview will follow safety guidelines.

Any appointments that need to be rescheduled must be done so through the USCIS contact center once the field offices are open to public.

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