USCIS Response to Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)

ALERT: As of March 18, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has temporarily suspended routine in-person services through at least May 3 to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). USCIS staff will continue to perform mission critical duties that do not involve contact with the public. However, USCIS will provide emergency services for limited situations. To schedule an emergency appointment contact the USCIS Contact Center.

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Learn about the Department of Homeland Security’s response.

Field Office Appointments and Rescheduling

  • As of March 18, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has temporarily suspended routine in-person services through at least May 3 to help slow the spread of COVID-19. USCIS staff will continue to perform duties that do not involve contact with the public. However, USCIS will provide emergency services for limited situations. To schedule an emergency appointment contact the USCIS Contact Center.
  • USCIS domestic field offices will send notices with instructions to applicants and petitioners with scheduled interview appointments or naturalization ceremonies impacted by this closure. They will automatically be rescheduled once normal operations resume. Individuals who had InfoPass appointments with a Field Office must reschedule through the USCIS Contact Center.  
  • Please check the USCIS Field Offices page to see if your field office has reopened before reaching out to the USCIS Contact Center.

Application Support Center (ASC) Appointments and Rescheduling

Current ASC Appointments

  • As of March 18, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has temporarily suspended all biometrics appointments. USCIS staff will continue to perform duties that do not involve contact with the public.
  • When USCIS resumes normal operations, USCIS will automatically reschedule Application Support Center appointments due to the temporary office closure. If you do not receive a new appointment notice by mail within 90 days, call 800-375-5283.
  • All ASC temporary closures are posted on uscis.gov:  For up to date closure information, visit the USCIS Office Closures page.
  • Note: USCIS is unable to automatically re-schedule appointments for Canadian and United Kingdom visa applicants.
    • Canada Visa Applicants:  visit the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada website for updated information.
    • UK Visa Applicants:  visit the UK Visas and Immigration website for updated information.

Asylum Appointments

  • USCIS asylum offices will send interview cancellation notices and automatically reschedule asylum interviews. When the interview is rescheduled, asylum applicants will receive a new interview notice with the new time, date, and location for the interview.
  • Please contact the asylum offices by email, mail, or phone. Contact information for each asylum office is found using the Asylum Office Locator. If you have an asylum application pending with us, you can check your case status online. You will need the receipt number that we mailed you after you filed your application. Start here: www.uscis.gov/casestatus.

Requests for Evidence and Notices of Intent to Deny

For applicants and petitioners who  receive an RFE or NOID dated between March 1 and May 1, 2020, any responses submitted within 60 calendar days after the response date set forth in the RFE or NOID will be considered by USCIS before any action is taken. 

Certain Requests for Evidence, Notices of Intent to Deny, Notices of Intent to Revoke, and Notices of Intent to Terminate

A response received within 60 calendar days after the response due date set forth in a Request for Evidence, Notice of Intent to Deny, Notice of Intent to Revoke, or Notice of Intent to Terminate will be considered before taking any action if such request or notice is issued and dated by USCIS between March 1 and May 1, 2020, inclusive.

Extensions of Employment Authorization Documents

Applicants who had an appointment scheduled with an ASC after their closure on March 18 or who have filed a Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, extension will have their application processed using previously submitted biometrics. This announcement is consistent with existing USCIS authorities regarding the agency’s ability to reuse previously submitted biometrics. This will remain in effect until ASCs resume normal operations.

Form I-290B, Notice of Appeal or Motion

USCIS will consider certain Forms I-290B (from an appealable decision with AAO jurisdiction issued and dated between March 1 and May 1, 2020, inclusive) it receives up to 60 calendar days from the  decision date of before it takes any action.

Naturalization Oath Ceremonies 

  • As of March 18, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has temporarily suspended routine in-person services through at least May 3 to help slow the spread of COVID-19. USCIS staff will continue to perform duties that do not involve contact with the public.
  • USCIS will automatically reschedule your ceremony. You will receive a notice for your rescheduled ceremony by mail. If you do not receive a notice within 90 days, please reach out to the USCIS Contact Center.

If You Feel Sick, Please Consider Canceling and Rescheduling Your USCIS Appointment: Learn how to reschedule your appointment

  • If you become ill for any reason, regardless of exposure to COVID-19, please do not come to an appointment with any USCIS office.
  • If you are pregnant, over 60, immunocompromised or have a chronic health condition, and would like to request a reschedule, please follow the above instructions.
  • To reschedule InfoPass appointments, call the USCIS Contact Center at 800-375-5283. For people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability call TTY 800-767-1833. 
  • To reschedule any other appointment, please follow the instructions on your notice. You will be rescheduled without penalty.

Special Situations

  • Learn about measures to assist you in extreme situations on our Special Situations page.

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