As of April 1, 2020, Johns Hopkins University & Medicine has recognized the U.S. as being the nation with the highest number of COVID-19 cases recorded. Because government officials are looking for ways to help curb the spread, many changes are being made on a day-to-day basis that not only affect Americans, but also the immigrant population residing here in the U.S. Some of the changes our Atlanta, GA immigration attorneys believe you should be aware of are listed down below.
- S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Closes Offices for In-Person Services.
USCIS has temporarily suspended routine in-person services through May 3, 2020, however, there is no guarantee that this date won’t be pushed back further as it all depends on how much progress is made in containing the COVID-19 outbreak. While field offices are closed, the staff at USCIS will continue to complete tasks that do not require contact with the public. What does this mean for someone who is wanting to apply for a visa, submit an application to extend their stay in the U.S., or submit certain paperwork USCIS is expecting from them?
Depending on the type of case you have, you may still be able to do this. However, because USCIS has limited the types of services it is offering, we do recommend that you contact one of our Atlanta, GA immigration attorneys if you are looking to submit any type of form or application to USCIS during this time. Our skilled lawyers will not only review the document to ensure it doesn’t contain any mistakes, but we will also help you to get it filed with the appropriate office.
- Asylum appointments are being rescheduled.
For those individuals who had an asylum interview scheduled, be prepared to receive a cancellation notice from USCIS. USCIS has announced that asylum offices will be sending out interview cancellation notices and automatically rescheduling asylum interviews. In your rescheduling notice, you should be provided with a new date, time, and location for where your interview will be conducted.
In the event you have a question regarding the asylum application you recently submitted, Kuck Baxter Immigration is available to take your call to discuss this with you.
- S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has temporarily suspended social visitation in all detention facilities.
If a family member of yours is currently being housed in a detention center and you are concerned about their wellbeing during the COVID-19 outbreak, contact our Atlanta, GA immigration law firm. Certain facilities have released immigrants amid the coronavirus outbreak, especially those who are at high risk of serious illness, and your relative might be eligible for early release as well.
As the COVID-19 crisis continues to affect individuals globally, the Atlanta immigration attorneys at Kuck Baxter Immigration understand that you still have questions and concerns you’d like addressed. Therefore, we do encourage you to contact us at 404-816-8611 to schedule a phone or video appointment. We also invite you to visit us on Facebook where we continually provide the public with important updates and helpful information.
Kuck | Baxter Immigration can be reached at:
365 Northridge Road, Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30350