USCIS Reopening

USCIS is preparing some domestic offices to reopen and resume non-emergency public services on or after June 4. On March 18, USCIS temporarily suspended routine in-person services at its field offices, asylum offices and application support centers (ASCs) to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). USCIS is following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines to protect our workforce and the public. For the latest information on the status of individual offices, check our office closures page.

NVC Correspondence

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. This has allowed NVC to streamline services to case parties and to U.S. Embassies and Consulates.

Tips for interacting with NVC:

  1. Visit https://nvc.state.gov for detailed instructions on processing your case and a variety of FAQs
  2. Use the Public Inquiry Form at https://nvc.state.gov/inquiry if you cannot find the answer to your question at: https://nvc.state.gov or https://ceac.state.gov.
  3. Do not submit repeat inquiries. Multiple inquires on a single topic will delay our ability to respond.

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.