U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has extended until May 3 the temporary closure of its offices nationwide.
USCIS offices will begin to re-open on May 4 unless the public closures are extended further, the agency said in an announcement yesterday.
USCIS first suspended all routine face-to-face services with applicants at all of its offices on March 18, to protect its workforce and to help mitigate the spread of coronavirus.
The suspension covered all routine face-to-face services with applicants, including all interviews, naturalization ceremonies, and biometric collection appointments.
“However, we will continue to provide emergency services during this time. If you have an emergency service request, contact the USCIS Contact Center. Employees in these offices are continuing to perform mission-essential services that do not require face-to-face contact with the public,” the agency notice said.
USCIS field offices will send notices to applicants and petitioners with scheduled appointments impacted by the temporary public closure. Notices will also be sent to naturalization applicants scheduled for naturalization ceremonies. “We will reschedule all applicants when USCIS resumes normal operations,” USCIS said. “USCIS asylum offices will send interview cancellation notices and automatically reschedule asylum interviews. When the interview is rescheduled, asylum applicants will receive a new interview notice with the new time, date and location of the interview. (USCIS)