Reopening of Some USCIS Offices

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will reopen some domestic offices to resume non-emergency in-person services on or after June 4, 2020.

Key details:

·     USCIS will send notices to applicants to reschedule postponed naturalization ceremonies.

·     USCIS will send notices to applicants and petitioners with previously scheduled appointments and interviews.

·     USCIS will automatically reschedule any necessary Application Support Center (ASC) biometrics appointments that were cancelled due to the temporary office closure. Individuals will receive a new appointment letter in the mail with specific safety requirements.

Offices will reduce the number of appointments and interviews to ensure social distancing and reduce waiting room occupancy.

USCIS also provided guidelines for entering USCIS facilities:

·     Visitors may not enter a USCIS facility if they:

1.  Have any symptoms of COVID-19, including cough, fever or difficulty breathing;

2.  Have been in close contact with anyone known or suspected to have COVID-19 in the last 14 days; or

3.  Have been individually directed to self-quarantine or self-isolate by a health care provider or public health official within the last 14 days.

·     Visitors may not enter the facility more than 15 minutes prior to their appointment (30 minutes for naturalization ceremonies). Hand sanitizer will be provided for visitors at entry points.

·     Visitors must wear facial coverings that cover both the mouth and nose when entering facilities. Visitors should play close attention to markings and physical barriers in the facility to ensure they follow social distancing guidelines.

·     Individuals are encouraged to bring their own black or blue ink pens.

To read the announcement, please visit this link.