Before Going to Any Immigration Appointment, Check for COVID-19 Closures of Both U.S. Consulates and USCIS Offices

Offices that handle immigration functions are either closing or vastly limiting their functions in response to the novel coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic.

** LEGAL UPDATE **

Both within the United States and around the world, offices that handle immigration functions have either closed or vastly limited their functions in response to the novel coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic.

U.S. embassies and consulates around the world have been either cancelling passport and visa appointments and processing or limiting them to emergencies only. Check with the consulate in question (which you can find via the Department of State's website) before attempting to visit, even if you already have a scheduled appointment.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has suspended routine in-person services. The public will not be allowed into its offices until it reopens; currently scheduled for June 4 on a somewhat limited basis, with reduced numbers of appointments and interviews so as to allow for social distancing and leave time for cleaning.

If you do receive an appointment, read the new safety procedures carefully. You might not be able to enter if you aren't prepared to comply.

Behind the scenes, USCIS staff continues to perform other regular duties, but delays in application processing are inevitable.

Emergency service might also be available in limited situations. Contact the USCIS Contact Center with your questions or to make a request for an emergency appointment.

If you had an appointment scheduled with USCIS (including with the naturalization or asylum units), keep an eye on your mail. USCIS plans to mail notices to applicants and petitioners canceling and ultimately rescheduling their scheduled in-person appointments, asylum interviews, and naturalization ceremonies.

If you are in deportation (removal) proceedings in immigration court, you will also likely be rescheduled. Only detained people are, for the most part, going before judges for their hearings. Check your local court's status on the EOIR website.

Effective Date: March 18, 2020