Our last blog post explained the details of the USCIS March 18 decision to temporarily suspend all in-person services at its asylum offices, field offices, and Application Support Centers (ASCs) in an effort to stymie the spread of the recent coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Originally, these offices were set to reopen April 1. However, with the virus still rapidly spreading throughout the country and world, USCIS believed the prudent decision would be to extend the closures until April 7. Unfortunately, we believe that there is a very good chance USCIS will eventually extend these closures even past April 7, as there is no sign of the virus slowing down as of yet, especially here in the United States. That being said, you should note, however, that employees in USCIS offices are still performing what are deemed “mission-essential services” that do not require in-person contact with the public. In addition, USCIS will also still provide certain individuals with very limited emergency services. If you have an emergency, you can call the USCIS Contact Center for assistance.
If you are an applicant or petitioner and had your appointments or naturalization ceremony postponed because of the virus and/or the extended USCIS office closure, you will receive a notice in the mail from a USCIS field office regarding these interview cancellation notices, as well as a rescheduled asylum interview date. Furthermore, upon reopening, USCIS will automatically reschedule all ASC appointments canceled because of the closure, and you will receive a new appointment letter in the mail. If you are someone who has InfoPass or another appointment, you will have to reschedule it through the USCIS Contact Center upon field offices reopening to the public. If you have any other questions regarding the immigration process in these turbulent times, please do not hesitate to call our experienced Wisconsin immigration attorneys today.
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