On March 18, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services temporarily suspended in-person services at its field offices, asylum offices, and application support centers (ASCs) to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).  This closure was scheduled through May 3.  Today, April 24, 2020, USCIS is announced that it will reopen on or after June 4. Employees in these offices are continuing to perform mission-essential services that do not require face-to-face contact with the public while the offices are closed.  During the temporarily closure, USCIS continues to provide limited emergency in-person services.

USCIS field offices will send notices to applicants and petitioners with scheduled appointments and naturalization ceremonies impacted by the extended temporary closure.  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 of the interview.  When USCIS again resumes operations for in-person services, USCIS will automatically reschedule ASC appointments due to the temporary office closure. Individuals will receive a new appointment letter in the mail.  Those who had InfoPass or other appointments must reschedule through the USCIS Contact Center once field offices are open to the public again.  P

You may also visit uscis.gov/coronavirus and visit https://www.uscis.gov/about-us/uscis-office-closings for updates and latest information on the status of a USCIS office.

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Alka Bahal is a Partner and the Co-Chair of the Immigration Practice of Fox Rothschild LLP, specializing in corporate immigration law and compliance.  Alka is situated in Fox Rothschild’s Morristown, New Jersey office though she practices throughout the United States and at Consulates worldwide.  You can reach Alka at (973) 994-7800, or abahal@foxrothschild.com.