From asylum seekers to new citizens, petitioners to get new appointment notices.
As states and cities across America weigh opening up or easing the stay at home orders amid a raging coronavirus pandemic,
US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is preparing to reopen on June 4.
Unless the public closures are extended further, the agency plans to begin reopening its offices on or after June 4, USCIS which had suspended in-person services on March 18 to help slow the spread of covid-19, announced.
However, employees at its field offices, asylum offices, and application support centers (ASCs), are continuing to perform mission-essential services that do not require face-to-face contact with the public while the offices are closed, it said.
While offices are temporarily closed, USCIS will continue to provide limited emergency in-person services, the agency said advising people to call the USCIS Contact Center for assistance with emergency services.
USCIS field offices will send notices to applicants and petitioners with scheduled appointments and naturalization ceremonies impacted by the extended temporary closure, it 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.
When USCIS again resumes operations for in-person services, USCIS will automatically reschedule ASC appointments due to the temporary office closure. Individuals will receive a new appointment letter in the mail.
Those who had InfoPass or other appointments must reschedule through the USCIS Contact Center once field offices are open to the public again, the agency.
USCIS advised petitioners to check to see if the respective office has been reopened before calling the Contact Center.
USCIS will provide further updates as the situation develops and will continue to follow CDC guidelines, it said suggesting visiting uscis.gov/coronavirus for updates.
For the latest information on the status of an office, visit https://www.uscis.gov/about-us/uscis-office-closings.