In-Person Services Suspended Until At Least April 7

In response to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) developments, as of March 25, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has suspended routine in-person services.

What does this mean for cases in progress?

Foreign nationals with permanent resident (green card) interviews, naturalization interviews and naturalization ceremonies will be rescheduled after USCIS local offices resume in-person services.

Applicants requiring biometrics to be completed through Application Support Centers (ASC) will have their appointments rescheduled automatically, rescheduling notices will be sent by mail.

Final decisions will be delayed for applications that require in-person interviews or the completion of biometrics. This includes Form I-485 applications for adjustment of status and Form I-539 applications to change or extend the nonimmigrant status (H-4, L-2, etc. for dependent spouse and children), as well as the Form I-765 employment authorization application.

What is not impacted by this notice?

As of the date of this posting, operations at USCIS Service Centers where most immigration benefit petitions are adjudicated are not impacted by these changes.

Seyfarth Shaw is closely monitoring ongoing developments impacting USCIS, DOL and DOS operations as COVID-19 developments continue.

USCIS Premium Processing Suspension

As of March 20, 2020, USCIS will not be accepting premium processing request for any filings.