USCIS Response to the 2019 Coronavirus

USCIS Response to the 2019 Coronavirus


This is Teacher Jennifer from US Citizenship Podcast with an important announcement from USCIS. This news alert is dated February 5th 2020. It’s entitled “USCIS Response to the 2019 Coronavirus” It reads as follows: USCIS is actively monitoring the effects of the public health emergency related to the 2019 Coronavirus outbreak on (USCIS) agency operations. Office Closures in China: According to the U.S. Department of State guidance, USCIS is temporarily closing its field offices in Beijing
https://www.uscis.gov/about-us/find-a-uscis-office/international-offices/contact-us-uscis-beijing-field-office
Email: [email protected] and Guangzhou
https://www.uscis.gov/about-us/find-a-uscis-office/international-offices/contact-us-guangzhou-field-office
Email [email protected] We will reschedule all affected appointments and we’ll send new appointment notices to applicants. Check the USCIS Beijing
https://www.uscis.gov/about-us/find-a-uscis-office/international-offices/contact-us-uscis-beijing-field-office
Email: [email protected] and Guangzhou
https://www.uscis.gov/about-us/find-a-uscis-office/international-offices/contact-us-guangzhou-field-office
Email [email protected] web pages for updates on the status of these offices. Rescheduling Appointments in the
United States Due to Illness If you are in the United States and are sick, or start to feel symptoms of being sick, please follow the instructions on your
appointment notices to reschedule your appointment. There is no penalty if you reschedule your appointment. General symptoms of illness can include: fever, cough, shortness of breath, runny nose, headache, sore throat, a general feeling of being unwell. For the safety of USCIS employees and those USCIS serves, if you or someone with you appears ill during your appointment, the officer may reschedule your appointment. Special Situations When requested, USCIS may provide special support for individuals who may be affected by natural or extreme circumstances. When applying for an extension or change of status due to a special situation that prevented you from a planned and timely departure, we may take into consideration how the special situation prevented your departure. Check our Special Situations webpage
https://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/special-situations for more information. That is the end of the news alert from USCIS. This is a special note from Teacher Jennifer The last paragraph is especially important if you have been traveling overseas and need to come back to the United States. If this happens, please contact the local U.S. embassy and explain that you are in quarantine (because you were exposed to the Coronavirus or other emergency). They will take into consideration that you were outside the United States for an extended period of time (over the 180 day limit) for a special reason and will not hold this against you when you go to your citizenship interview and have to explain why you are outside the United States for a longer period of time (over the 180 day limit). Stay healthy! Follow common-sense health precautions. Use your time to study for your citizenship interview. I hope you will become a U.S. citizen soon! USCIS Response to the 2019 Coronavirus uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-response-2019-coronavirus www.uscitizenpod.com

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