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Here’s a Peek at What a USCIS Field Office Visit Will Be Like For You Right Now

As many USCIS field offices throughout the country start to reopen and return to work, USCIS has started developing new in-person guidelines. Want to get a better idea of what to expect from a USCIS field office visit right now? Check out this recent Notice of Naturalization Oath Ceremony.  Download PDF.

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USCIS Announces Funding Crisis, Premium Processing in Phases. Marks Gray Explains What It Means for Your Case.

Recently, USCIS said if it does not receive $1.2 billion in emergency funds from Congress, it would furlough thousands of employees at the start of July. On the flip side, after suspending service for several months, they released a schedule for the phased reopening of premium services. What does this mean for you? Let’s deal with the budget issue first.  If USCIS is not funded and the furloughs occur, this would result in ongoing delays […]

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What to Expect After USCIS Offices Reopen

USCIS shutdown in-person services at field offices and application support centers (ASCs) starting on March 18, 2020. Now it has announced a plan to reopen on or after June 4, 2020. What can you expect from this reopening?  USCIS is expected to reschedule ASC appointments for biometrics that were canceled. Those affected will receive new appointment letters in the mail.  If you had an InfoPass or other appointment scheduled, it must be rescheduled through the […]

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A Canceled EAD Biometrics Appointment May Not Delay Your EAD

With the closure of USCIS offices due to COVID-19, many EAD applicants have had their biometrics appointments canceled. However, you might not have to wait much longer than you would have before COVID-19 to receive your EAD. Why?  Even before coronavirus, there were already long processing delays for Employment Authorization Documents (EAD). It would seem like canceling biometrics appointments would set things back further.  But if you had your EAD biometrics appointment scheduled with an […]

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Extension of USCIS Office Closures

Since March 18, in-person services have been suspended at USCIS application support centers (ASCs ), asylum offices, and field offices due to COVID-19. These closures are now extended until May 3 at least. USCIS offices are expected to reopen May 4 provided closures are not extended again. While the closures remain in place, employees will: engage in services that are considered “mission-essential” and include no in-person interaction with the public; offer limited emergency services; send […]

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