In accordance with Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced the reopening of select offices for non-emergency in-person matters, effective June 4, 2022.
Not all USCIS in-person facilities will reopen on June 4, 2022. To see the current status of each office, call USCIS Contact Center or see the latest USCIS news office closures page.
With the reopening of USCIS offices, postponement of naturalization ceremonies, interviews, and appointments will begin to take place. USCIS has also provided a new way in which some of these activities will be conducted. USCIS will now begin implementing the following:
Asylum offices – USCIS will send new interview notices for all asylum interviews that have been canceled. Interviews will be conducted in accordance with social distancing guidelines. USCIS is implementing video interviews, which means interviewers and applicants will be in separate rooms. If you attend an affirmative asylum interview, you must also bring any immediate family members listed as dependents on the application.
To accommodate those who do not speak English, USCIS also allows you to bring a translator or trusted representative with you.
Naturalization ceremonies – USCIS will send new notices to reschedule postponed naturalization ceremonies. These ceremonies will be shorter and a leaflet will be distributed with all relevant information. Only the candidate for naturalization and people helping people with disabilities can attend.
Interviews and appointments – USCIS will send new notices to reschedule previously canceled appointments and interviews. These interviews and appointments will be limited to the applicant, one representative, one family member and one person providing disability accommodations.
Unlike an asylum interview, applicants must arrange for interpreters to be available over the phone.
Application Support Centers – USCIS will automatically reschedule any necessary ASC appointments that have been canceled due to office closures. Candidates will receive the notice by mail. If you do not show up for your ASC appointment, your application may experience significant delays.
When attending a date, you must wear face coverings that cover both your mouth and nose. You should not go to a USCIS facility if you have symptoms of COVID-19, have been in contact with someone suspected of having COVID-19 in the past 14 days, or have been referred to self-quarantine for 14 days by a public health department. official. There is no penalty for rescheduling your appointment if you are sick.
Ensuring you can attend your interview is crucial for your application to be processed quickly and efficiently. If you have any questions regarding your interview, contact the ILBSG as we continue to actively monitor policy updates to ensure you get the right advice.