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.
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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