USCIS Offices Set to Reopen June 4, 2020

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services temporarily suspended routine in-person services on March 18, 2020. Fortunately, starting June 4, 2020, USCIS will begin reopening various domestic offices. Please continue reading and reach out to our experienced Wisconsin immigration firm to learn more about the reopenings and how this may affect your immigration status.

Asylum Office Reopenings

Interviews canceled due to the closures will be rescheduled by USCIS, and you will receive the new date, time, and location of your interview. In certain cases, you may instead have to attend a video asylum interview with your interviewing officer. Do bring your immediate family members listed as dependents on your application to the interview, and if they cannot speak English, bring an interpreter.

Naturalization Ceremonies

If your naturalization ceremony was postponed, USCIS will send you a rescheduling notice, and, in accordance with social distancing guidelines, the ceremony may be shorter than usual. You can receive further information via a flyer and on the USCIS website.

Interviews and Appointments

If you, an applicant or a petitioner, had an appointment or interview rescheduled, you may reschedule through the USCIS Contact Center. The only people you may bring to your appointment are a representative, a family member, and a person providing disability accommodations, or an interpreter if necessary.

Application Support Centers

All ASC appointments canceled due to COVID-19 will be rescheduled by USCIS, and you will receive a notice in the mail regarding safety requirements.

SAFETY GUIDELINES FOR ENTERING USCIS FACILITIES

All those visiting USCIS appointments must take the following precautions:

  • You may not enter a USCIS facility if you:
    • Have any COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with anyone who has/had COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
    • Have been directed to self-quarantine or self-isolate by a health care provider or public health official within the last 14 days.
  • You may not enter the facility more than 15 minutes prior to your appointment, though you may wait 30 minutes for a naturalization ceremony.
  • You should use the hand sanitizer provided at the entry point.
  • If you are a member of the public, you must wear facial coverings when entering facilities and ensure you are following all other social distancing guidelines.
  • Bring your own black or blue ink pen, if possible.

If you are sick, do not attend your appointment. Instead, simply follow the instructions on your appointment notice to reschedule for when you are feeling better–this will not adversely affect your immigration circumstances.

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USCIS Has Begun Implementing Its New Interactive Voice Response Telephone System

Recently, USCIS has announced that it will be implementing a new interactive voice response telephone system for all English and Spanish calls to the USCIS Contact Center. The new IVR system is designed to personalize the individual’s experience by allowing them to do the following:

  • Receive links for forms and information by text or email
  • Provide real-time feedback via an optional survey
  • Speak to the system instead of selecting keypad options, something that should help streamline the process for those calling for specific reasons

The new system is not to be implemented all at once; instead, it will be carried out in phases. Therefore, if you call a short time from now, there is a chance that you will not interact with the new IVR system right away. However, the system is expected to go fully operational relatively quickly. Once it is, USCIS Contact Center will become even more efficient, and those calling will have a wider array of services options to choose from. The new move is expected to decrease the amount of time you may spend on the phone while repeating yourself due to your dialect, accent, or background noise on your end. Finally, you should note that despite the change, the Contact Center’s toll-free numbers will remain the same. Hours for live assistance will also remain the same.

For any additional questions about your immigration status, please do not hesitate to give our experienced Wisconsin immigration attorneys a call today. We are ready to help you through every step of the process ahead.

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John Sesini is an experienced immigration attorney with offices in Green Bay and Milwaukee Wisconsin. Our firm understands what is at stake when it comes to immigration law matters, which is why If you have any questions, you should not hesitate to contact the Sesini Law Group, S.C., and schedule your initial consultation with our firm today.

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U.S. Service Members And Veterans Can Apply For Naturalization Online

USCIS has announced that U.S. service members and veterans can now file Form N-400, Application for Naturalization online. Before the recent USCIS move, individuals could only file these forms via paper applications. Now, applicants can submit these forms and check their status electronically, as well as receive updates and notices from USCIS concerning their applications. This is a big step in making the process easier for individuals who have served our country.

If you are currently serving in the military, or you are a U.S. military veteran, you may apply for naturalization under special provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act. By doing so, your application fee and other requirements should be waived. Furthermore, certain provisions of the law may also award your family with some of these benefits as well.

As of now, you may file 10 USCIS forms online, as opposed to on paper. These forms are as follows:

  • Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status (Form I-539 is the first online application filing that uses USCIS’ eProcessing strategy.)
  • Form N-336, Request for a Hearing on a Decision in Naturalization Proceedings (Under Section 336 of the INA)
  • Form N-400, Application for Naturalization
  • Form N-565, Application for Replacement Naturalization/Citizenship Document
  • Form N-600, Application for Certificate of Citizenship
  • Form AR-11, Alien’s Change of Address Card
  • Form G-639, Freedom of Information/Privacy Act Request
  • Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card
  • Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative
  • Form N-600K, Application for Citizenship and Issuance of Certificate Under Section 322

Finally, you should note that you must first create an account with USCIS online before attempting to file a form. Once you do, you can submit and track the status of these forms, pay certain fees, communicate with USCIS directly through a secure inbox, and respond to requests for evidence. If you have any additional questions regarding your immigration concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our experienced Wisconsin immigration attorneys today. We are here to help you through every step of the process ahead.

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John Sesini is an experienced immigration attorney with offices in Green Bay and Milwaukee Wisconsin. Our firm understands what is at stake when it comes to immigration law matters, which is why If you have any questions, you should not hesitate to contact the Sesini Law Group, S.C., and schedule your initial consultation with our firm today.

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USCIS Has Extended Flexibility for Responding to Agency Requests

The new coronavirus has drastically affected both citizens and non-citizens of America, and individuals all over the world. Because of this, USCIS has largely closed its offices for in-person services, barred immigration into the United States for at least 60 days, and more in an effort to stymie the spread of the virus. That being said, USCIS has recently announced it will be extending flexibility to applicants and petitioners so they have sufficient time to respond to the following:

  • Requests for Evidence
  • Continuations to Request Evidence (N-14)
  • Notices of Intent to Deny
  • Notices of Intent to Revoke
  • Notices of Intent to Rescind and Notices of Intent to Terminate regional investment centers
  • Filing date requirements for Form I-290B, Notice of Appeal or Motion

With this extension, USCIS can now respond to requests and notices received within 60 calendar days after their due date. Before USCIS takes action, it will consider Form I-290B received up to 60 calendar days from the date of the decision. USCIS reports that it is consistently taking various preventative measures to protect the workforce while minimizing the immigration consequences for any individual currently seeking immigration benefits.

Finally, you should note that the flexibility for these documents will only apply if the issuance date listed on the request, notice, or decision is between March 1 and July 1, 2020.

If you have any additional questions regarding how the new coronavirus may affect your immigration status, please give our knowledgeable, compassionate Wisconsin immigration firm a call today. We remain open for business and here to help.

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John Sesini is an experienced immigration attorney with offices in Green Bay and Milwaukee Wisconsin. Our firm understands what is at stake when it comes to immigration law matters, which is why If you have any questions, you should not hesitate to contact the Sesini Law Group, S.C., and schedule your initial consultation with our firm today.

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USCIS Offices Set to Reopen June 4, 2020

As you most likely already know, USCIS decided to temporarily close off the spread of all field offices, application support centers, and asylum offices to curtail the spread on the new coronavirus (COVID-19) since March 18. While until recently, there was no end in sight, fortunately, USCIS has recently announced that it will be reopening these services to the public starting June 4, 2020.

Upon reopening, USCIS will send all applicants and petitioners notices who had their initial appointments delayed as a result of the virus. If you are someone who had your asylum interview moved, you will receive a notice with the time, date, and place of your rescheduled interview with USCIS asylum offices.

If you had an ASC appointment or a naturalization ceremony canceled, you will receive rescheduled dates for those events in the mail as well. Finally, if you are someone with an InfoPass or another appointment, you will have to reschedule manually through the USCIS Contact Center after June 4, 2020.

If you have any additional questions regarding your immigration status here in the United States and how it may be affected by the new coronavirus, please do not hesitate to give our knowledgeable Wisconsin immigration attorneys a call. We know that these are turbulent times, however, we can now finally see a light at the end of the tunnel. Give us a call today to learn more about how we can help you through every step of the immigration process.

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John Sesini is an experienced immigration attorney with offices in Green Bay and Milwaukee Wisconsin. Our firm understands what is at stake when it comes to immigration law matters, which is why If you have any questions, you should not hesitate to contact the Sesini Law Group, S.C., and schedule your initial consultation with our firm today.

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