Temporary Change in USCIS Policy to Adapt to Covid-19

Due to the spread of Covid-19, USCIS has decided to temporarily close offices and suspend in person services in those offices until April 7. The closure might extend beyond April 7 depending on nationwide circumstances. The services that will be delayed will include all interviews, naturalization ceremonies, asylum appointments and biometric appointments. Services that does not necessitate face to face contact will continue as normal. For those whose scheduled appointments were impacted, there will be automatic rescheduling once regular operations resume. “Individuals who had InfoPass appointments with a Field Office must reschedule through the USCIS Contact Center.” To reach the USCIS Contact Center, click here. If you do not receive a new appointment notice by 90 days, please contact USCIS via 800-375-5283. USCIS will also provide emergency services for unique situations.

For those I-765 (Application for Employment Authorization) applicants who had their biometric appointments delayed due to USCIS closure, USCIS will process their applications using previously submitted biometrics. This practice will continue until USCIS resume regular operations.

In addition, USCIS has adopted a policy to provide flexibility to those who has received a Request of Evidence (RFE) and Notices of Intent to Deny (NOID) during this time. Specifically, deadlines for RFE and NOID issued between March 1, 2020 and May 1, 2020 will be extended for 60 days. Furthermore, Notices of Appeal or Motion (I-290B) issued and dated between March 1, 2020 and May 1, 2020 will be accepted if filed within 60 days, instead of the normal 33 days.

Despite policies aimed at stopping the spread of the virus, the most important thing is for the general public to exercise healthy and hygienic practices. Be sure to wash your hands often and for at least 20 seconds, practice social distancing by avoiding close contact with groups of people, avoid touching your face, cover your mouth if you have to cough, and stay at home if you are sick.

Keeping up to date on immigration impacts due to world events, such as the coronavirus, is important especially if you have plans to travel or reside in the U.S under immigrant or nonimmigrant status. Here at Zhang & Associates, we try to keep you informed and ready so that you may travel with ease. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any immigration related issue, our seasoned staff will be happy to help. For a free evaluation on your case or situation, please email us at info@hooyou.com.

Former U.S. Consular officer, Attorney Sechyi Laiu joined Zhang & Associates, P.C. on June 26, 2017

At Zhang & Associates, P.C., Attorney Laiu specializes on Consular Processing cases and business development. Attorney Laiu also focuses on TN visas, E visas, CBP administrative proceedings (monetary confiscation, deferred inspection), and overseas financial compliance.

Prior to joining Zhang & Associates, P.C., Attorney Laiu worked for the U.S. Department of State as a Chinese and Portuguese speaking diplomat. As a consular-coned officer who served in Vancouver (Canada), Shenyang (P.R. China), and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Attorney Laiu processed over 30,000 visa cases and worked in every section of Consular Affairs overseas (Fraud Prevention Unit, Immigrant Visas, Non-Immigrant Visas, and American Citizen Services).

He will use his experience and expertise to deliver the highest quality of service to our clients.

Founded in 1996, Zhang & Associates, P.C. offers legal services to clients worldwide in all aspects of U.S immigration law. We have successfully handled over ten thousand immigration cases.

At Zhang & Associates, P.C., our attorneys and supporting professionals are committed to providing high-quality immigration and non-immigration visa services. We specialize in NIW, EB-1, EB-5, PERM, I-485 I-130, H-1B, O, L and J cases. In the past twenty-two years, we have successfully helped over ten thousand clients get green cards. If you plan to apply for a green card, please send your CV to Attorney Jerry Zhang (info@hooyou.com) for a free evaluation.

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