U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced today it is extending its office closures and suspension of in-person services until at least April 7.

Key points:

  • On March 18, USCIS temporarily closed its field offices, asylum offices and Application Support Centers until April 1 to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
  • Today’s announcement extends the current closures, and says that offices will reopen April 7 unless the closures are further extended.
  • The announcement only applies to in-person services at public USCIS offices, and does not affect USCIS Service Centers, where immigration petitions are processed.

Additional information: The closures affect in-person services, including interviews, biometric collection appointments and naturalization ceremonies. USCIS will send cancelation notices to applicants and petitioners with scheduled appointments affected by the closures. The agency will automatically reschedule Application Support Center appointments, and affected individuals will receive a new appointment letter in the mail. Applicants who had InfoPass or other appointments at a field office must reschedule through the USCIS Contact Center when field offices reopen. Those seeking emergency appointments may contact the USCIS Contact Center. USCIS also has a COVID-19 webpage where it is posting updates.

This alert has been provided by the BAL U.S. Practice group. For additional information, please contact berryapplemanleiden@bal.com.

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