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Here is everything you need to know before you visit US immigration offices

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The United States Citizenship and Immmigration Service (USCIS) domestic field offices and asylum offices are open with additional precautions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

In DHS-controlled spaces, this guidance supersedes state, local, tribal, or territorial rules and regulations regarding face coverings.

  • In all areas of the country, all USCIS employees, on-site contractors, and visitors, regardless of vaccination status or level of COVID-19 transmission in your local area, are required to wear a mask inside all DHS and USCIS workspaces and federal buildings. 
  • All federal employees, on-site contractors, and visitors must continue to follow local USCIS guidance on physical distancing and workplace protection guidance consistent with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and agency guidance.
  • You may not enter a USCIS facility if you have:
    • COVID-19 or any symptoms of COVID-19 (according to the CDC), including, but not limited to, recently developed cough, fever, difficulty breathing, new loss of smell or taste, fatigue, muscle aches, headache, congestion, sore throat, or vomiting;
    • Been in close contact (within 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes or more) with anyone known to have COVID-19 in the past 14 days (unless you are fully vaccinated or you are a health care worker and consistently wear an N95 respirator and proper personal protective equipment (PPE) or equivalent when in contact with COVID-19 positive individuals);
    • Returned from domestic air, international air, or cruise ship travel in the past 10 days (unless you are fully vaccinated);
    • Been instructed by a health care provider, public health authority, or government entity to self-isolate or self-quarantine in the past 14 days.
  • If you need to reschedule your appointment, call the USCIS Contact Center at 800-375-5283 (TTY 800-767-1833). To reschedule your appointment with an asylum office, please follow the instructions in your interview notice.
  • You may not enter the facility more than 15 minutes before your appointment (30 minutes for naturalization ceremonies).
  • USCIS will provide hand sanitizer at entry points.
  • There will be markings and physical barriers in the facility; you should pay close attention to these signs to ensure you and others can follow social distancing guidelines.
  • You may have to answer health screening questions before entering a facility.
  • We encourage you to bring your own black or blue ink pens.
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Appointment notices will include more instructions for visiting USCIS facilities. For more information, see our USCIS Visitor Policy page.

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