Covid 19: USCIS Services Changes & Closures

US Citizenship and Immigration Services has suspended all in-person services both in-country and at its field offices, asylum offices and Application Support Centers (ASCs). This suspension of services will be effective until at least April 1. USCIS will continue to provide limited emergency services.

USCIS field offices have sent notices to applicants and petitioners with scheduled appointments and naturalization ceremonies impacted by the closures.

UK-based Consulates

USCIS has closed all offices to the public, effective March 18 until at least April 1. The US Embassy in London and Consulates General in Edinburgh and Belfast also confirmed that all routine consular services have been suspended. US Consulates in Germany and France have also cancelled all routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments until further notice.

Other U.S. consulates, including the US consulate in Toronto, are cancelling routine nonimmigrant visa appointments but not immigrant visa appointments.

Premium processing temporarily halted

In addition, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced suspension of all premium processing until further notice.

Effective March 20 2020, USCIS will not accept any new requests for premium processing. USCIS will process any petition with a previously accepted Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service, in accordance with the premium processing service criteria. Pre-paid envelopes will not be used to send notices, only batch-printed notices will be sent.

Petitioners who have already filed Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, or Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers premium processing petitions that do not receive action within 15 calendar days will receive a $1,440 premium fee refund.

USCIS will reject the I-907 and return the $1,440 filing fee for all petitions requesting premium processing that were mailed before March 20 but not yet accepted.

This temporary suspension includes petitions filed for the following categories:

I-129: E-1, E-2, H-1B, H-2B, H-3, L-1A, L-1B, LZ, O-1, O-2, P-1, P-1S, P-2, P-2S, P-3, P-3S, Q-1, R-1, TN-1 and TN-2.
I-140: EB-1, EB-2 and EB-3.

Travel advice

NNU Immigration is actively monitoring the impact of COVID-19 and coronavirus-related issues on US immigration policy and applications.

As the situation continues to develop on a daily basis, please contact our US immigration specialists for the latest advice for your specific circumstances.

Last updated: March 24, 2020