U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will temporarily close its local field offices and Application Support Centers (ASCs) and suspend in-person services, effective immediately, to help slow the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The suspension is expected to remain in place until at least April 1.
During this time, the agency will not conduct in-person green card or naturalization interviews, naturalization ceremonies, or biometrics appointments at ASCs. Foreign nationals with appointments scheduled for the coming weeks will receive cancellation notices.
Green card interviews, naturalization interviews and naturalization ceremonies will be rescheduled after USCIS local offices resume in-person services. ASC appointments will be rescheduled automatically, and affected foreign nationals will receive rescheduling notices by mail.
USCIS Service Centers, where most immigration benefit applications and petitions are adjudicated, are not affected by this evening’s announcement.
What this Means for Employers and Foreign Nationals
The closures mean that the final adjudication of applications requiring interviews and/or biometrics – including applications for adjustment of status and nonimmigrant extensions and changes of status on Form I-539 – may be delayed until in-person services resume. Delays in Form I-539 processing could also delay initial and renewal employment authorization applications for H-4, L-2, and E nonimmigrant spouses.