As of June 4th, USCIS field offices and asylum offices have resumed non-emergency face-to-face services, and application support centers are expected to resume services at a later date. Here are the precautions USCIS is enacting in response to COVID-19:
Visitors will be turned away from a USCIS facility if they are:
- Displaying symptoms such as cough, difficulty breathing.
- Have been exposed to COVID-19 through close contact with someone who has been known or suspected to have the virus in the last 14 days.
- Have been directed to self-quarantine within the last 14 days.
Other New Implementations:
- Visitors cannot enter the facility for more than 15 minutes before their scheduled appointment (30 minutes for naturalization ceremonies).
- Visitors must wear facial coverings such as a mask that covers the mouth and nose when entering a facility (USCIS can provide one, or can simply ask you to reschedule).
- Social distancing guidelines will be implemented including marking and physical barriers.
Visitors can expect:
- Hand sanitizer to be provided for visitors at all entry points.
- Health screenings upon entry to a facility.
- To bring their own blue or black pen to reduce potential exposure.
It is important to note that USCIS will not be accepting walk-in visits at this time. Further instructions will be provided with appointment notices as well. For more information, head over to USCIS Visitor Policy and USCIS Office Closings pages.
Important Update: USCIS will be sending notices for rescheduling to petitioners and applicants that have had previously scheduled appointments and interviews. Any other appointments made must be rescheduled through the USCIS Contact Center once field offices have opened. For more information please visit: USCIS – Preparing to Resume Public Services