USCIS Plans to Reopen Facilities Safely

Jun 02 2020
Published in: Public Policy
| Updated Apr 27 2023
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services plans to reopen certain offices on 4 June with added health and safety precautions.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is preparing to reopen certain offices, including U.S. field offices on 4 June. As more USCIS offices reopen that are significant to employment-based immigration Worldwide ERC will inform you. In the interim you can track USCIS office reopenings and information critical to those reopenings on the USCIS’ COVID-19 visitor policy and the USCIS Response to COVID-19 page.

In accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to protect the health and safety of the workforce, USCIS is taking precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in reopened facilities, including but not limited to:

  • Reducing the number of appointments and interviews to allow for social distancing and time for cleaning.
  • Requiring visitors to be aware that they may have to answer health screening questions, and understand that if they’ve experienced any COVID-19 symptoms, have been directed to self-quarantine or self-isolate by a medical professional or have come into close contact with anyone known or suspected to have COVID-19 in the last 14 days, they may not enter the facility.
  • Requiring members of the public to wear facial coverings when entering facilities and obey social distance markings or signs in facilities and more.

How This Impacts Mobility

The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly reduced travel and immigration to the U.S. The safe reopening of these USCIS facilities is just a first step toward restoring some level of movement. Worldwide ERC® will continue to monitor and report on additional USCIS facility openings and guidance. ​