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Processing of immigration petitions continue during the coronavirus pandemic.  The only services that have been temporarily suspended are in-person services and face-to-face interviews.

Immigration petitions can be filed on-line or by mail with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.  All immigration forms are being accepted and processed with U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services and receipt notices continue to be issued.  At the local field offices, all interview and biometrics appointments have been canceled and new appointments will be mailed to applicants automatically once the offices resume normal operations.

During the immigration closure, any response due to Form I-290B, Requests for Evidence (RFE) and Notices of Intent to Deny (NOID), Notice of Intent to Revoke (NOIR) or Notice of Intent to Terminate (NOIT) will received an additional 60 calendar days after the stated response due date or deadline to give applicants additional time to respond.

As for U.S. Embassies, all interviews have also been canceled and will be rescheduled when the Embassy resumes normal operations.  Most U.S. Embassies continue to respond to email communications.  Embassy email addresses can be found on their websites.

U.S. Immigration Courts continue to accept filings and for most courts, filings can be submitted by mail.  No extension has been issued for filing deadlines.  All non-detained master and individual hearings scheduled through May 1, 2020, have been postponed or canceled and will be automatically rescheduled.  As for individuals who are detained, call your attorney or contact the detention center for clarification on upcoming hearings.

With regards to Immigration & Custom Enforcement (ICE), Enforcement and Removal Offices operations, it is on a case-by-case basis.  We recommend calling your local ICE office by using this website:  If you have a reporting date or need to post a bond, then call your local ICE office for information on office opening and closure.

For more information on immigration closure,

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