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COVID-19: USCIS temporarily suspends in-person services

  1. Date Announced

    March 17, 2020

    COVID-19: USCIS announces that it is closing its offices to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic. USCIS field offices will send notices to applicants and petitioners with scheduled appointments and naturalization ceremonies impacted by this closure. USCIS asylum offices will send interview cancellation notices and automatically reschedule asylum interviews.

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  2. Effective Date of Change

    March 18, 2020
  3. Subsequent Action

    March 25, 2020

    The suspension of in person services was extended on March 25, 2020; April 1, 2020; and April 24, 2020. On May 27, USCIS announced that it will resume in-person services including naturalization ceremonies on June 4, under restrictive conditions to enable social distancing and other safety precautions. USCIS will send notices to applicants to reschedule postponed naturalization ceremonies. The ceremonies may be shorter to limit exposure to those in attendance but all legally required portions of the ceremony will take place. USCIS hosted naturalization ceremonies across the United States from July 1 through July 7.

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  4. Subsequent Action

    April 1, 2020 USCIS Temporary Office Closure Extended until at least May 3
  5. Subsequent Action

    April 24, 2020 USCIS Offices Preparing to Reopen on June 4
  6. Subsequent Action

    May 27, 2020 USCIS Preparing to Resume Public Services on June 4
  7. Subsequent Action

    July 1, 2020

    USCIS "naturalized approximately 64,500 new citizens" in June 2020 and "anticipates completing nearly all postponed administrative naturalization ceremonies by the end of July."

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Commentary

Law360: USCIS Announces July Naturalization Drive Before Furloughs

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