The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is preparing to reopen its offices on or after June 4, after they have been closed as part of measures to try to combat the spread of the COVID-19.
USCIS closed its offices on March 18, in a bid to halt the spread of the deadly virus. The offices were supposed to open on April 7, but the agency foresaw it necessary to extend the closure until at least May 3. The work was scheduled to resume on May 4, VisaGuide.World reports.
“USCIS is readying offices to reopen on or after June 4. Employees in these offices are continuing to perform mission-essential services that do not require face-to-face contact with the public while the offices are closed”, the USCIS statement reads.
Even though the offices are temporarily locked down, USCIS continues to provide limited emergency-in-person services.
All the applicant and petitioners who have been affected by the offices’ closure will receive notices from USCIS.
“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. When USCIS again resumes operations for in-person services, USCIS will automatically reschedule ASC appointments due to the temporary office closure”, the statement reads.
The offices will also inform applicants whose appointments had to be rescheduled due to the closure.
Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the US embassies worldwide have also temporarily suspended the services in the countries which have been highly affected by the virus.
On March 18, The US Embassy and Consulates in Mexico announced that all immigrant and non-immigrant visa services would be temporarily suspended.
Even though visa services have been restricted all over the United States, the initial period for H-1B visa Cap for the 2021 fiscal year, have been completed.