US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has temporarily closed their offices to the public to help slow the spread of the coronavirus . USCIS has suspended in-person services until at least May 3, 2020. This means all USCIS field offices, asylum offices, and application support centers will be closed for the foreseeable future. USCIS staff will continue to perform immigration services that do not involve direct contact with the public.
In order to slow the spread of COVID-19, USCIS has suspended routine in-person services until at least May 3, 2020. This means all USCIS field offices, asylum offices, and application support centers will be closed for the foreseeable future. USCIS staff will continue to perform duties that do not involve contact with the public.
What does this mean for LRIF applicants?
- Submitting your forms
- Your completed Forms I-485 (green card), I-765 (work authorization), and I-131 (travel authorization) can still be submitted for processing.
- Note: Other service providers such as doctor’s offices, embassies, etc. may also be scaling back their contact with the public. This might mean you will experience other delays in getting your required documents for processing your application like your birth certificate, a medical certification, etc.
- Biometrics appointments
- If you previously had a work permit and had a biometrics appointment on or after March 18, your application will be processed with the fingerprints you provided previously.
- If you have never held a lawful immigration status and were scheduled for a fingerprint appointment, then USCIS will reschedule once they reopen to the public.
- When USCIS resumes normal operations, USCIS will automatically reschedule biometric appointments delayed due to the coronavirus closures.
- Adjustment of Status Interviews
- USCIS field offices will send updated rescheduled appointment dates to applicants whose appointments were cancelled by the coronavirus closure. All applicants will be rescheduled for a time when USCIS repones.
What if USCIS remains closed to the public for several months?
Any extended USCIS suspension of in-person services will not impact your ability to submit forms to USCIS. We will keep you updated on USCIS office openings and closings.
It is very important that all completed Form I-485 be submitted by the December 20, 2020 deadline. For more information on how to prepare your application package follow the guidelines in the toolkit below. We also suggest talking to an attorney or legal service organization to help prepare your application and to answer any questions that you may have.