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USCIS Closes Field Offices to the Public Through at Least April 1, 2020

Effective March 18, 2020, all U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) field offices are temporarily closed to the public. USCIS has suspended all routine in-person services at its field offices, asylum offices, and Application Support Centers (ASCs) to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. The suspension is expected to be in place through at least April 1, 2020.

Key Details

The following is a summary of the key details about the closures:

  • USCIS field offices will send notices to applicants and petitioners with scheduled appointments and naturalization ceremonies who will be impacted by the closures.
  • USCIS will provide emergency services in limited circumstances.
  • USCIS has suspended all biometrics appointments. USCIS will automatically reschedule appointments once the ASCs resume normal operations. Individuals who do not receive new appointment notices by mail within 90 days can contact the agency at 800-375-5283.
  • InfoPass appointments must be rescheduled through the USCIS Contact Center once field offices are open to the public.
  • USCIS staff will continue to perform duties that do not involve contact with the public.
  • USCIS field offices are separate and distinct from USCIS service centers, where a variety of petitions and applications are processed. As of now, the service centers have not reported any closures or disruptions in service.
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About this Author

Melissa Manna, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, Raleigh, Immigration Practice Group Writer
Immigration Practice Group Writer

Melissa Manna is an Immigration Practice Group Writer. Her primary focus is writing and editing legal articles relating to immigration for the firm’s online and print publications, websites, and newsletters.

Prior to joining Ogletree Deakins, Melissa spent 9 years as in-house counsel at TowerCo, one of the largest independent wireless tower companies in the U.S., representing the company in all aspects of commercial real estate. During that time she managed due diligence, advised and implemented risk management solutions, and closed transactions...