Immigration Law Updates: COVID-19

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Khalaf & Abuzir is at the forefront of all immigration matters. During these uncertain times, we are reporting changes and providing updates about government policies that affect immigration services in agencies and the immigration courts. Furthermore, as our committment to help the immigrant community and beyond, we are addressing questions and concerns on legislation surrounding COVID-19.


 

USCIS Suspends In-Person Services Through May 3, 2020

On March 18, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services temporarily suspended in-person services at its field offices, asylum offices, and application support centers (ASCs) to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). USCIS offices will begin to reopen on May 4 unless the public closures are extended further. Employees in these offices are continuing to perform mission-essential services that do not require face-to-face contact with the public.
USCIS will continue to provide limited emergency services. Please call the Contact Center for assistance with emergency services.

USCIS field offices will send notices to applicants and petitioners with scheduled appointments and naturalization ceremonies impacted by the extended temporary closure. USCIS asylum offices will send interview cancellation notices and automatically reschedule asylum interviews. When the interview is rescheduled, asylum applicants will receive a new interview notice with the new time, date and location of the interview. When USCIS again resumes normal operations, USCIS will automatically reschedule ASC appointments due to the temporary office closure. You will receive a new appointment letter in the mail. Individuals who had InfoPass or other appointments must reschedule through the USCIS Contact Center once field offices are open to the public again. Please check to see if the office in your jurisdiction has been reopened before reaching out to the USCIS Contact Center.

 Good News for DACA and TPS Recipients

Only those with a Social Security number who have a green card or are “resident aliens” will qualify to receive a payment through the stimulus bill. This includes people with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)and Temporary Protected Status (TPS).But many people who meet these prerequisites will still be disqualified from receiving cash payments if they have a spouse or child who does not have a valid Social Security number.

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