USCIS Closure due to Coronavirus Outbreak
All U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service offices will be closed from March 18 – April 1 due to the outbreak of COVID-19. This means that no in-person services will be offered in order to prevent the spreading of the virus. Instead, USCIS will be shifting its duties to be carried out remotely until April 1st or further notice. There will likely be a drastic increase in online traffic, as these services are conducted remotely, so processing times and responses may be slower than usual. All information regarding the temporary closures is subject to change as these circumstances progress and additional updates are received.
Everyone affected by these closures will be provided notice of these changes, along with information on the necessary steps to be taken. Petitioners and applicants with biometrics appointments, interviews, and naturalization ceremonies scheduled during this closure be automatically rescheduled for when the offices resume their normal hours after April 1 or later. Case-specific information will be available on the notice received by mail. All other appointments, including InfoPass appointments, must be actively rescheduled through the USCIS Contact Center for a future date. Be sure to check with your specific office before rescheduling, as individual offices’ operations may vary or be delayed further. Emergency services will be provided on a limited basis.
Your health is of the utmost importance
For the health and safety of others, please reschedule your appointment even further if you are feeling sick or showing any of the below symptoms. According to the CDC, these symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:
- Shortness of breath
Your health and well-being are of the utmost importance. Please note that you will not be penalized for rescheduling any USCIS appointment if you are experiencing these symptoms.
We understand how stressful these proceedings may be and we request your patience and cooperation during this challenging time. We will continue to provide updates as events unfold and USCIS makes any additional accommodations. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us at (646) 405-9846 for more information.
As a reminder, it is important to practice social distancing and careful hygiene during these difficult times. Strive to stay healthy and be considerate of others’ health as well.