USCIS clarified its office closures announcement with a helpful chart on action needed to be taken (if any) by those affected by the closures. For the most part, no action is required and USCIS will automatically reschedule appointments and notify individuals. Please see below.
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On March 18, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) temporarily closed our offices to the public and cancelled all appointments, interviews, and ceremonies to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). That temporary closure is currently in effect through May 3, and may be extended. Our employees continue to work and are performing mission-essential functions that do not involve face-to-face contact with the public.
During this time, USCIS will provide emergency services for limited situations. To request an emergency appointment, contact the USCIS Contact Center: https://uscis.gov/contactcenter.
Please refer to the chart below for instructions on what, if anything, you need to do:
|If you were scheduled for…||Then…|
|A naturalization, Green Card, or other interview at a field office||You don’t need to do anything. We will mail you a new interview notice when normal operations resume.|
|A biometrics appointment at an Application Support Center||You don’t need to do anything. We will mail you a notice with further instructions.|
|An asylum interview||You don’t need to do anything. We will mail you a new interview notice when normal operations resume.|
|A naturalization oath ceremony||You don’t need to do anything. We will mail you a new oath ceremony notice when normal operations resume.|
|An emergency service such as advance parole||You need to call the USCIS Contact Center for immediate rescheduling: https://uscis.gov/contactcenter|
|An appointment at a field office for something other than an interview or ceremony||Check https://uscis.gov/closings to learn when your field office will reopen. Then, call the USCIS Contact Center to reschedule your appointment: https://uscis.gov/contactcenter|
We will provide further updates as the situation develops and will continue to follow CDC guidance. Please visit https://uscis.gov/coronavirus for more information.
Education and precautions are the strongest tools against infection. Get the latest facts by visiting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s COVID-19 website: https://cdc.gov/coronavirus.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
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