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USCIS Announces it Will Reopen Domestic Offices and Resume Certain Public Services on June 4

USCIS announced on May 27 that it will reopen domestic offices and resume certain public services on June 4. USCIS had previously temporarily suspended routine in-person services at its field offices, asylum offices and application support centers (ASCs) in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. USCIS maintains a list of office closures and amended hours on its website. As part of USCIS’ resumption of in-person services, it is requiring that visitors do not visit an office if they experience any of the following:

  • 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.

USCIS offices will also restrict visitors entrance of a facility to not more than 15 minutes prior to an appointment (30 minutes for naturalization ceremonies). They will also make hand sanitizer available for visitors and all visitors must wear a facial covering that covers both the mouth and the nose. USCIS is also encouraging visitors to bring their own pens. USCIS will also restrict who is permitted to accompany visitors to their facilities, depending upon the nature of the appointment. For those with cancelled appointments, including asylum, naturalization or biometrics appointments, USCIS has indicated they will send notices to affected individuals with specific safety requirements (which may be in addition to those laid out above) and guidance on who may attend an appointment with the applicant or petitioner. Anyone who believes they should have received a rescheduling notice may always contact the USCIS Contact Center.

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Dillon Colucci, Greenberg Traurig Law Firm, Los Angeles, Immigration Law Attorney

Dillon R. Colucci practices and handles U.S. immigration concerns and helps individuals, families, professionals, skilled workers, investors, and businesses live, work, invest and do business in the United States. Dillon works extensively on EB-5 immigrant investor matters. He regularly works with developers across a variety of industries, as well as private equity funds on developing new projects that qualify for EB-5 investments. This includes the creation of new Regional Centers, having projects adopted by existing Regional Centers or through pooled individual EB-5...