Alexandra Sabalier
June 22, 2020
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USCIS Reopens & Restores Services

In the United States, some local Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) offices have reopened and restored some services to the public.

For the reopening, the USCIS will take the following measures:

  1. To ensure social distancing, the number of interviews conducted will be reduced
  2. The capacity of people in the waiting rooms will be reduced
  3. Cleaning services will be given time to disinfect the areas

What you should do before attending a USCIS office:

  1. You should bring a face mask that covers both your mouth and nose to enter the USCIS offices
  2. You may be asked to remove the face mask for a brief moment to confirm your identity and/or have your pictures taken
  3. You should bring your own blue or black ink pen

* Please be aware that if you have COVID-19 symptoms, fever, cough, or other medical problems like being in contact with a COVID-19 patient or having been directed to be in isolation within the last 14 day, you may not enter any USCIS facility and should reschedule your appointment

Appointment notifications will contain information on the precautions to follow.

The Appointments that Will Be Available Are:

1. Interviews for Permanent Residence and Appointments

  • The USCIS will send new notification to applicants and petitioners who already have an appointment and interview scheduled
  • Applicants can go with their lawyers, and interpreters may be contacted by phone
  • People with other appointments, will have to reschedule them

2. Naturalization Ceremonies

  • The USCIS will send notifications to applicants to reschedule the ceremony
  • Attendance will be limited to only the person who will receive the naturalization
  • The ceremony will be brief

3. Request Assistance Center

  • The appointment will be automatically rescheduled at your ASC (Biometric Services Appointment) office
  • You will receive a new notification of the rescheduled date by postal mail

4. Asylum Applications

  • The asylum appointments that were canceled during the closing of the offices will be rescheduled
  • Applicants will receive a notification with time, date and place of the interview
  • The interview will be by video, applicants will be in one room and the officer to interview will be located in another room
  • Existing technological resources may be used to communicate with your attorney and your interpreter if you have one
  • Applicants will need to bring all family members who are listed as dependents on the application and may bring an interpreter if the applicant does not speak English
  • If the applicant is a minor, they can bring an adult, a representative or a witness with them

For more information visit, the USCIS news outlet.

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