COVID-19 Immigration Update for March 23rd

COVID-19 Immigration Update for March 23rd

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Today, I want to provide you with updates on the Coronavirus and how it is affecting US immigration.

As of March 18, USCIS has suspended routine in-person services until at least April 1 to help slow the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). This includes naturalization oath ceremonies.

USCIS offices will send notices with instructions to applicants with scheduled interview appointments or naturalization ceremonies impacted by this closure. They will automatically be rescheduled once normal operations resume.

As of March 18, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has suspended all biometrics appointments.  When USCIS again resumes normal operations, USCIS will automatically reschedule Application Support Center appointments due to office closure.

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.

As of March 20th, USCIS will be accepting forms with electronic, copied or scanned signatures on forms.  So while we are in a state of emergency, we are still able to be able to file your cases.

The U.S. State Department has issued a Global Health Advisory Level 4 warning which states DO NOT TRAVEL.  Most, if not all Embassies and Consulates have canceled all visa appointments, nonimmigrant, and immigrant (green card).  Also, President Trump has suspended travel from Europe, Iran, and China.  We are happy to work with anyone affected by these cancellations and assist in rescheduling your appointments after the Embassies resume normal operations.

Atlanta Immigration Court is closed, and cases rescheduled.  The court is only open to handle detained cases.

If you are reporting to ICE, an ICE officer will call you to do your remote check-in.  However, if you have not received a call, please call the Atlanta office at 404-893-1248 between 8 and 4 on the day that you are scheduled. If you are scheduled for reporting on a Monday or Friday, please call the office Tuesday through Thursday of the same week.

We will be monitoring these issues very closely in the next few weeks and will continue to provide updates as we have them.  We are here to answer your questions, so please email or call us at (770) 551-2700

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