U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) temporarily closes offices to the public

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has temporarily closed its offices to the public "to help slow the spread of Coronavirus," the organization announced late Tuesday. The suspension of services will last until at least April 1.

According to USCIS, it will send notices to applicants and petitioners with scheduled appointments, including green card interviews, and naturalization ceremonies impacted by the closure. The agency will also "automatically" reschedule postponed ASC appointments when offices reopen, according to a press release posted on the USCIS website.

The organization will continue to provide "limited emergency services" while its offices are inaccessible to the public.

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"We continue to monitor this evolving pandemic and remain prepared to take difficult, but necessary, steps in order to protect the health and safety of our employees, applicants and the nation," a USCIS spokesperson told Law360.

There have been at least 179,000 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) worldwide, including more than 3,500 in the U.S. as of Tuesday, March 17, according to the World Health Organization, which officially declared the outbreak a pandemic earlier this month.

Garfinkel Immigration Law Firm continues to monitor the situation closely. Our attorneys are actively identifying specifically impacted cases and advising our clients accordingly.

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