USCIS Issues Updates on Premium Processing, Reopening of Local Field Offices 

June 3, 2020

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced certain local field offices will reopen on Thursday, June 4 after weeks of nationwide closures due to the COVID-19. These offices will resume non-emergency, face-to-face services to the public, including interviews and appointments related to pending green card applications. Social distancing measures will be enforced through fewer appointments and interviews and subsequent reduced waiting room occupancy. Individuals attending appointments should follow additional health and safety guidelines USCIS has published in anticipation of its reopening.

Naturalization ceremonies will also resume, though they will be shorter in duration and limited to the candidate and individuals providing assistance to disabled persons. For pending asylum applications, USCIS officers will conduct interviews using video and other technology available at the local field office, including mobile devices. Additional services offered at these local field offices will include issuance of emergency travel documents and temporary I-551 stamps, inquiries into pending cases, and confirmations of satisfactory departure, among others.

USCIS will automatically reschedule any other cancelled interviews or Application Support Center (ASC) appointments once local offices reopen. The individual will receive a new notice in the mail with a new date, time, and location, as well as additional information on health and safety requirements. Those who independently scheduled an InfoPass appointment must reschedule on their own by calling the customer service line.

As mentioned last week, premium processing is once again available for eligible USCIS immigrant petitions after its indefinite suspension on March 20 as a result of the pandemic. USCIS will implement a phased approach to accept premium processing requests on certain nonimmigrant petitions throughout the rest of the month. Most nonimmigrant petitions will be available for premium processing beginning June 8, while USCIS will accept premium processing requests on previously filed H-1B cap-subject petitions beginning June 22. These dates are subject to change as USCIS begins receiving these requests.


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Daniela Berisiartu Barshel

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