This practice alert provides a brief summary of temporary changes U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has made in response to COVID-19. Changes include plans for reopening USCIS facilities after suspending all in-person services, including interviews and biometrics appointments, from March 18 to June 3, 2020; automatic extensions for Requests for Evidence (RFEs), Notices of Intent to Deny (NOIDs), and other responses; and an alert meant to combat the new public charge rule's negative effect on immigrants getting testing, treatment, and care for COVID-19 due to fears about how it might affect their case.
Latest updates in this version:
On November 3, 2020, a circuit court of appeals allowed USCIS to continue implementing the new public charge rule nationwide, just one day after a district court vacated the rule as illegal. In July 2020, the rule was also briefly paused during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
This document will be updated as further changes occur.