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USCIS Closed. What Does that Mean for My Case?

The offices of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) closed on March 18 and will remain closed until at least May 3.

USCIS is still doing work that does not require direct contact with people. So they are still processing requests. However, it is likely that the process will be delayed. Also, people outside of the United States may not be able to pursue their cases because embassies and consulates in many countries are also closed.


USCIS has issued the following notices regarding the closure.

All biometrics appointments before May 3 have been canceled. Most of these appointments will be rescheduled when the USCIS offices open again. However, Canadian and UK visa applicants will have to reschedule their own appointments.

All asylum interviews before May 3 have been canceled and will be automatically rescheduled. USCIS will send cancellation notices and new appointment notices to asylum seekers.

Naturalization ceremonies scheduled before May 3 have been canceled. USCIS will reschedule ceremonies and send notices to individuals scheduled to participate.

USCIS will process employment authorization applications with biometric data previously submitted. This applies to those who already had appointments set during the time the offices are closed, and to those who submitted their requests.

USCIS will process employment authorization applications with biometric data previously submitted. This applies to those who already had appointments set during the time the offices are closed, and to those who submitted their requests.

USCIS generally requires original signatures on all petitions submitted to its offices. However, USCIS will accept scanned, faxed, photocopied, or similarly reproduced signatures for the duration of the national emergency.

USCIS has extended the deadline for certain documents received between March 1 and May 1 up to 60 days after the deadline indicated on the document. This extension applies to requests for evidence, notices of intention to deny, notices of intention to revoke, notices of intention to cancel. of intention to end). USCIS requests these documents in some cases.

*** THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS BLOG PUBLICATION IS ACCURATE AS OF APRIL 2, 2020. THERE MAY HAVE BEEN CHANGES SINCE THE TIME OF PUBLICATION. ***

For more information, see the USCIS web page:

https://www.uscis.gov/about-us/uscis-response-coronavirus-2019-covid-19



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