On April 24, 2020, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it intends to reopen field offices, asylum offices, and application support centers (ASCs) beginning on or after June 4, 2020. USCIS temporarily closed these offices to the public on March 18, 2020, to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
- The announcement extends the office closures by an additional month. USCIS had previously closed the offices through May 3, 2020.
- The date of reopening appears to be tentative. The announcement states that USCIS is “readying offices to reopen on or after June 4.”
- Once the offices reopen, USCIS will “automatically reschedule ASC appointments” canceled during the closure. Similarly, it is expected that USCIS will begin sending ASC appointment notices to foreign nationals whose applications/petitions were filed during the closure. No action by the foreign national is required at this time.
- Notification of new appointment dates will be sent by mail.
- Once the field offices reopen, InfoPass appointments may be rescheduled through the USCIS Contact Center.
Ogletree Deakins’ Immigration Practice Group will continue to monitor developments with respect to the policy changes and will post updates on the Immigration Blog and in the firm’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Center as additional information becomes available. Critical information for employers is also available via the firm’s webinar programs.