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USCIS Announces Limited Re-opening

 The government has announced that “some” offices will reopen June 4 to resume non-emergency services.  Many actions previously cancelled by USCIS due to COVID-19 are being automatically rescheduled including asylum interviews, naturalization ceremonies, green card interviews, and biometrics appointments.  Procedures as to whom to bring, when to arrive and other important guidelines may be found for each category of re-scheduled appointment here:  https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-preparing-resume-public-services-june-4

Should you receive an appointment notice, be aware that offices have put health-related regulations in place, including arrival  times limited to 15 minutes  or less before  the appointment (30 minutes for oath ceremonies) and mandatory face masks for all visitors.  More complete  information regarding these procedures is available on the office closure page  here: https://www.uscis.gov/about-us/uscis-visitor-policy

 Premium Processing Update

The USCIS has rolled out its timeline for resuming Premium Processing.  Effective dates for resumed services are as follows:

  • June 1 Begin accepting Premium Processing requests (Form I-907) for eligible I-140 petitions
  • June 8 Begin accepting Form I-907
    • for cap-exempt H-1B Petitions pending adjudication
    • for all other I-129 petitions eligible for premium processing filed before June 8 and pending adjudication
  • June 15 Begin accepting concurrently filed I-907 and I-129s for cap-exempt H-1B positions
  • June 22 Begin accepting I-907
    • for cap-subject H-1B petitions, both upgrades and concurrently filed with the I-129
    • for all other I-129 petitions for premium processing- eligible nonimmigrant categories, filed concurrently with the petition

 

The USCIS announcement with further details is here: 

https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-resumes-premium-processing-certain-petitions

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