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USCIS Temporary Office Closure

To protect our workforce and to help mitigate the spread of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) in our

communities, effective immediately, USCIS is suspending all routine face-to-face services with applicants at all of our offices, including all interviews and naturalization ceremonies.


All USCIS field offices, asylum offices and Application Support Centers (ASCs) will not provide in-person services until at least April 1. This includes interviews, naturalization ceremonies and biometric

collection appointments. However, we will continue to provide emergency services during this time. If you have an emergency service request for an asylum case, please contact the asylum office.


All future interviews for pending affirmative asylum applications, NACARA 203 applications, and non- detained credible fear and reasonable fear screenings in asylum offices and on circuit rides have been cance


lled. These cancellations will not impact the 180-day Asylum Employment Authorization (EAD) Clock, which


will continue to run where the clock was running prior to the scheduled interview.

However, to apply for, and be granted, an EAD based on a pending asylum application, asylum applicants must continue to meet existing requirements.

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 of the interview. We will endeavor to reschedule any cancelled interviews in the order of cancellation when the offices reopen to the public.

USCIS will also automatically reschedule ASC appointments due to the office closure. Those impacted will receive a new appointment letter in the mail. Biometrics collection appointments for asylum



applicants at the ASCs will also be cancelled without an impact to the 180-day Asylum EAD Clock.

Additionally, USCIS is postponing all in-person public engagement and outreach events for the duration of the office closure. Please contact public.engagement@uscis.dhs.gov if you have an immediate

engagement question during this time.



Education and precautions are the strongest tools against infection. Get the latest facts by visiting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s C OVID-19 website. Continue to practice good health

habits, refrain from handshakes or hugs as greetings, and clean hands and surfaces appropriately.

USCIS will provide further updates as the situation develops and will continue to follow CDC guidance in response to this situation. Please visit uscis.gov/coronavirus for updates.



Kind regards,


Public Engagement Division

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

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