Today the USCIS officially opened to the public again. Anyone out there who had a permanent residence interview, naturalization interview, or citizenship ceremony that was postponed can expect to get a notice in the next 2-3 weeks letting you know of your new interview date.
There are some new rules for everyone going to an interview at the San Antonio immigration office:
- Everyone must wear a face mask that covers their nose and mouth.
- Nobody will be allowed into the building if they have had a fever in the last 14 days.
- Everyone must take their own blue or black ink pen.
If anyone has had a fever or is not feeling well, you will not be penalized for not showing up. However, you must let me know that you are not feeling well so I can call the immigration office for you to let them know. I am still going with almost all of my clients to their appointments in San Antonio. However, you cannot go into the building more than 10 minutes early, so wait in your cars until 10 minutes before your scheduled interview time and then go inside.
My office is still open full time, from 9:00am until 5:30pm. We are still not accepting people to come into the office for extended periods of time because of the Coronavirus. Please call our office from your car when you get to the parking lot, and we will come out to your car to get your signature on forms or to take documents from you.
I am available to talk to you about your case anytime, so feel free to call me with any questions. Based on the last 3 months, it appears that the USCIS office is working normally and accepting and approving cases as frequently as they did before the pandemic arrived. I think that most time estimates that I gave my clients when this all started are still accurate. However, the consulates in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico and all over the world are still closed, so anyone that is scheduled to appear in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico or any other consulate in a foreign country will probably be delayed several more months than what I originally estimated for your case. There is still no word on when the consulates will reopen to allow people back in to get their immigrant visas. When that happens, I will let you know. In the meantime, we’re here every weekday to answer any question you might have.