(Some) USICS Offices Reopen

June 16, 2020 8:25 pm
by David Jakeman

Are USCIS offices open?

Great news! As of June 4, 2020, USCIS has opened some of its offices back up. Not everywhere, but where the pandemic is looking more manageable, some in-person operations are resuming. That means you might be able to make progress on your immigration application! Offices have been shut down since early spring.

What restrictions are there for entering?

Although some offices have re-opened, they have put in place strict guidelines to keep everyone safe and not spread COVID-19. Here are things you need to keep in mind:

Can you go to a USCIS office if you have COVID-19 symptoms?

No, you will not be allowed to enter the building if you have any symptoms, including a cough, a fever, or trouble breathing. You will also not be allowed to enter an office if you have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 during the last 14 days. That includes anyone suspected of having it. You won’t be allowed in an office if you have been asked to self-quarantine during the last 14 days.

Do you have to wear a face mask to your USCIS interview or naturalization ceremony?

Yes. Some sort of face covering is required. It must cover your nose and mouth. If you don’t have a mask, USCIS may either give you one or ask you to reschedule.

How can you prepare for your interview?

Here are some things to keep in mind as you prepare for your appointment:

  1. You can’t enter the building more than 15 minutes before your appointment. However, for naturalization ceremonies, you get 30 minutes.
  2. Be prepared to answer health screening questions before being allowed to enter.
  3. Make sure to pay attention to the markings and physical barriers that the office has set up to help everyone follow social distancing guidelines.

USCIS also encourages everyone to bring their own blue or black pen for any document signing. It also says that hand sanitizer will be available at entry points.

Is USCIS allowing walk-in visits?

Currently, USCIS says it is working on an appointment-only basis. No walk-in visits will be accepted. You must have a scheduled appointment.

You can find out if your local office is open or what its hours are by visiting the USCIS office page: https://www.uscis.gov/about-us/uscis-office-closings

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