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FYI — All U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) offices are closed tomorrow, December 24th.

FYI — All U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) offices are closed tomorrow, December 24th. This is new. If you had an appointment with USCIS or with an Application Support Center for biometrics, your appointment is going to be cancelled and then rescheduled.

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U.S. Immigration – Good & Bad News

Good & bad news on the immigration front. The good news is the threatened furlough of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) staff did not happen and the agency is open and conducting interviews.

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U.S. Immigration Fees to Increase in October

The Trump Administration is going to increase U.S. immigration filing fees and, unless there is new litigation, the new fees will go into effect on October 2nd. Some of the increases are significant and you are encouraged to file petitions as soon as possible to avoid the higher fees.

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USCIS – Covid-19 Update

As I told you in an earlier posting, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (“USCIS”) has closed its doors to the general public until at least June 4th. I expect that date to be extended even further.

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A View from A Closed and Deadly Quiet Boston

Boston — Like most places, Boston is closed. With the exception of cars delivering take-out food, the streets are deserted.

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USCIS – Closed until June 4th

As suspected, the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Service (USCIS) is not going to re-open anytime soon. In the release copied below, USCIS confirms it will be closed at least until June 4th. If the pandemic situation is no better by then, the closing will be extended.

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News from the USCIS

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced that it will reuse previously submitted biometrics in order to process valid Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, extension requests due to the temporary closure of Application Support Centers (ASC) to the public in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This announcement is consistent with existing USCIS authorities regarding the agency’s ability to reuse previously submitted biometrics.

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USCIS Will Accept All Benefit Forms and Documents with Reproduced Original Signatures for Submissions Dated March 21, 2020, and Beyond

I hope many of you have seen this, but thanks to AILA’s continued advocacy, CIS has agreed to accept original signatures. More to come, we hope, regarding other requests, such as 90 day extensions on RFE, NOID, etc.

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Message to Foley Law Offices Clients

We sent the message below to Foley Law Offices clients who have interviews scheduled with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service. The bottom line is the USCIS is closed at least until April 1st.

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USCIS Offices Temporarily Closed to the Public

As of March 18, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has suspended routine in-person services until at least April 1 to help slow the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). USCIS staff will continue to perform duties that do not involve contact with the public.

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