The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced that it will reopen in-person public services for non-emergency matters starting on or after June 4, 2022.
On March 18, the USCIS had temporarily suspended in-person services at its offices due to the peak in Covid-19 cases. The USCIS has followed the CDC’s guidelines closely to ensure that their employees and the public are protected.
While certain USCIS offices are temporarily closed at the moment, they can still provide limited emergency in-person services for certain needs. You can call the USCIS Contact Center for assistance or check the latest status of individual offices near you via their office closures page.
As offices begin to reopen for in-person services, the number of appointments and interviews allowed will be reduced from normal capacity in order to ensure that social distancing guidelines are followed and to allow time for cleaning in between visits. When you receive your appointment notice, you’ll also receive information on safety precautions that the USCIS offices will be following that visitors must also adhere to.
When offices open, the USCIS still urges that you do not go in for your appointment if you are feeling sick or have flu or cold-like symptoms. You can always reschedule your appointment when you are healthy again without penalty.
- Asylum interviews that were canceled due to temporary closures will automatically be rescheduled. You will receive notice of the rescheduled appointment including the new time, date, and location.
- A video-facilitated asylum interview may be conducted within the asylum office, with the applicant in one room and the interviewing officer in another room.
- Notices will be sent out from USCIS to applicants to reschedule postponed naturalization ceremonies.
- Please note that ceremonies may be shorter than normal. You will receive a flyer with information and links directing you to the USCIS website to view videos that would typically be viewed during in-person ceremonies.
- Attendance will be strictly limited to the naturalization candidate and individuals providing assistance to disabled persons.
Interviews and Appointments
- You’ll receive a notice from the USCIS to reschedule once your local field office has reopened.
Application Support Centers
- USCIS will automatically reschedule any ASC appointments that were canceled due to office closures.
- You will receive a new appointment letter in the mail.
Facial coverings will be required to enter any USCIS facility.
As a reminder, here is how you can check your USCIS case status online. More information regarding the reopening of USCIS field offices can be found here.