Update on USCIS Reopening Plans

Beginning June 4, 2020, certain USCIS field offices resumed non-emergency face-to-face services to the public. USCIS has indicated that it has enacted precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in reopened facilities. We have seen some Naturalization Oath Ceremonies scheduled recently but have not received any new interview appointment notices since the closure of USCIS offices in early March.Per a recent presentation, USCIS announced that Application Support Centers (which provide biometrics collection and fingerprinting services) will begin reopening on July 13. The opening date for different locations around the country will depend upon local guidelines, ability to prepare space, etc. Please note that it could take several weeks to receive appointment notices even after reopening.

Please also note the following changes to ASC policies/procedures:

·     No more walk-ins will be allowed, with limited exceptions for US military members.

·     Appointment numbers will be reduced to allow for social distancing.

·     Only those called for appointments should appear, with some exceptions for attorneys, interpreters, disability accommodations, parents, etc.; see appointment notice for details.

·     All must wear face covering if over 2 years old. You must call to make arrangements, if for any reason, you cannot cover your face (health/disability).

·     COVID screening questions will be asked at points of entry.

·     USCIS may ask people to remove face coverings briefly to confirm identity or photograph.

We will continue to provide you with updates as they become available.