USCIS is about to reopen some offices

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is organizing some U.S. offices to reopen and resume non-emergency public services on or after June 4th, 2020.

On March 18th, USCIS temporarily deferred routine in-person services at its field offices, asylum offices and application support centers (ASCs) to help slow the spread of COVID-19. USCIS is following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines to protect their staff and the community.

As services begin to reopen, offices will decrease the number of appointments and interviews to guarantee social distancing, permit time for cleaning and lessen waiting room occupancy. Appointment notices will cover information on safety precautions that guests to USCIS facilities must respect.

If you are feeling sick, please reschedule your appointment for when you are healthy. There is no penalty for rescheduling your appointment if you are sick.

USCIS will send notices to applicants and petitioners with previously scheduled appointments and interviews. Those attending appointments should follow the safety guidelines outlined below.

Visitors are limited to the applicant, one representative, one family member and one individual providing disability accommodations. The applicant should arrange to have their interpreter available by phone.

USCIS will automatically reschedule any required ASC appointments that were cancelled due to the temporary office closure. Individuals will get a new appointment letter in the mail with specific safety requirements. Individuals who appear at a date or time other than what is listed on the ASC appointment notice may meet noteworthy processing delays.

Guidelines for Entering USCIS Facilities
* Visitors may not enter a USCIS facility if they:
+ Have any symptoms of COVID-19, including cough, fever or difficulty breathing;
+ Have been in close contact with anyone known or suspected to have COVID-19 in the last 14 days; or
+ 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.
* Members of the public must wear facial coverings that cover both the mouth and nose when entering facilities. Visitors may be directed to briefly remove their face covering to confirm identity or take their photograph. There will be markings and physical barriers in the facility; visitors should pay close attention to these signs to ensure they follow social distancing guidelines.
* Individuals are encouraged to bring their own black or blue ink pens.

More information on visiting USCIS facilities
can be found at uscis.gov/visitorpolicy.
For the latest information on the status of individual offices,
check the office closures page.
Please also visit uscis.gov/coronavirus for updates.

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