USCIS Reopening

On March 18, USCIS temporarily suspended in-person services at its field offices, asylum offices, and application support centers ) due to the coronavirus pandemic. USCIS has planned to reopen offices on or after June 4. Officers in these offices are continuing to perform essential services that do not require face-to-face contact with the public while the offices are closed. While offices are temporarily closed, USCIS will continue to provide limited emergency in-person services.

USCIS Phone System

USCIS is introducing a new interactive voice response (IVR) telephone system for English and Spanish calls to the USCIS Contact Center. The new IVR system personalizes the caller’s experience by giving the caller the ability to:

  • Speak to the system rather than selecting keypad options;
  • Receive links for forms and information by email or text; and
  • Provide real-time feedback through an optional survey.

For assistance with contacting USCIS, contact us at 978-905-9992.

Covid Delays

USCIS has issued the following re: delays concerning the Covid-19 pandemic. 

“The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recognizes that there are immigration-related challenges as a direct result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We continue to carefully analyze these issues and to leverage our resources to effectively address these challenges within our existing authorities. DHS also continues to take action to protect the American people and our communities, and is considering a number of policies and procedures to improve the employment opportunities of U.S. workers during this pandemic.”

For assistance with any USCIS filing, please reach out to Agarwal Law Offices at 978-905-9992.

NVC Correspondence Update

On June 1, 2020, National Visa Center will no longer accept or respond to inquiries through mail. National Visa Center has modernized the way we pre-process visa applications. Any unsolicited mail post-marked June 1, 2020 or later will not receive a response and will be destroyed. You will need to submit all your inquires through the Public Inquiry Form at https://nvc.state.gov/inquiry. You should only send mail to National Visa Center if explicitly instructed to through an email, telephone call, or letter from National Visa Center. In most cases, this request for documentation will be for a case that is not processing electronically. If necessary for your case, NVC will provide you with a mailing address. Never send original documents to the National Visa Center.

Military/Veterans N400 Filing Changes

USCIS announced that U.S. service members and veterans can now file Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, online. Online filing allows aliens to submit forms electronically, check the status of their case and receive notices from USCIS. USCIS is using innovation and technology to meet the needs of applicants, petitioners, and employees. Regardless of the paper or electronic format of an application or petition, USCIS is committed to ensuring a secure and efficient process for all.

USCIS Flexibility with Deadlines

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, USCIS is extending the flexibilities it announced on March 30 to assist applicants and petitioners who are responding to certain:

  • Requests for Evidence;
  • Continuations to Request Evidence (N-14);
  • Notices of Intent to Deny;
  • Notices of Intent to Revoke;
  • Notices of Intent to Rescind and Notices of Intent to Terminate regional investment centers; and
  • Filing date requirements for Form I-290B, Notice of Appeal or Motion.

For assistance with filing your case, please reach out to Agarwal Law Offices at 978-905-9992.

USCIS Policy on False Claims Citizenship

USCIS is updating its Policy Manual (PDF, 307 KB) to align with BIA precedent decision Matter of Zhang from June 2019, in which the BIA held that false claims of U.S. citizenship do not need to be knowingly made to make an alien deportable. Under the law, an alien is inadmissible or deportable if the alien falsely represents him or herself to be a citizen of the United States for any purpose or benefit under immigration law or under other federal or state law. The only exception Congress provided to the false claim to U.S. citizenship ground of inadmissibility requires that each parent of the alien is or was a U.S. citizen, the alien permanently resided in the United States before the age of 16, and the alien reasonably believed he or she was a U.S. citizen when claiming to be one.

USCIS Offices Reopening 06/04/20

On March 18, USCIS temporarily suspended in-person services at its field offices, asylum offices, and application support centers ) due to the coronavirus pandemic. USCIS has planned to reopen offices on or after June 4. Officers in these offices are continuing to perform essential services that do not require face-to-face contact with the public while the offices are closed. While offices are temporarily closed, USCIS will continue to provide limited emergency in-person services.

Executive Order Due to Pandemic

President Trump will be issuing an executive order that temporarily halts immigration to the United States for a period of at least 60 days, due to the current Coronavirus pandemic. People outside of the United States seeking to legally migrate to the US, with some exceptions. The order doesn’t apply to spouses and minor children of US citizens; health care professionals; any member of the US Armed Forces and their spouses and children; and anyone entering for law enforcement or national security reasons. For more information, please contact Agarwal Law Offices at 978-905-9992.

Covid Delays

USCIS has issued the following re: delays concerning the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recognizes that there are immigration-related challenges as a direct result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We continue to carefully analyze these issues and to leverage our resources to effectively address these challenges within our existing authorities. DHS also continues to take action to protect the American people and our communities, and is considering a number of policies and procedures to improve the employment opportunities of U.S. workers during this pandemic.”

For assistance with any USCIS filing, please reach out to Agarwal Law Offices at 978-905-9992.