On March 18, USCIS announced the temporary suspension of its routine face-to-face services. This announcement was made in alignment with the effort to combat the spread of COVID-19, and protect its workforce.

All routine face-to-face services, including all interviews and naturalization ceremonies with applicants at USCIS offices has been temporarily suspended till May 3. Starting May 4, USCIS offices will begin to re-open, unless the public closures are extended further.

Routine face-to-face services include interviews, naturalization ceremonies and biometric collection appointments. However, employees in the USCIS offices are continuing to perform mission-essential services that do not require face-to-face contact with the public, and as well continue to provide emergency services.

USCIS will reschedule all applicants when USCIS resumes normal operations. For applicants and petitioners with scheduled appointments, and naturalization ceremonies, USCIS will send notices.

For asylum interviews, USCIS will send interview cancellation notices and automatically reschedule asylum interviews. Henceforth, asylum applicants will receive a new interview notice with the new time, date and location of the interview.  

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