With New York City and much of the country on standstill, here’s what you need to know about immigration law in the time of the coronavirus:
Field offices are closed except for emergencies until April 1. All U.S. Citizenship and Immigration offices are closed for on-site services including interviews. USCIS will reschedule your naturalization, green card, and asylum interview. If you have an emergency — for example, if you need to apply for advanced parole for travel — learn how to get help by calling (800) 375-5283.
Though USCIS is closed, you can submit applications and petitions by mail and online. Online filing includes naturalization applications (form N-400) and applications to renew or replace a green card (form I-90). You cannot apply for a fee waiver online but you can pay with a credit or debit card, or directly from your bank account.
Get forms and learn more about online filing at uscis.gov.
Many not-for-profit immigration law providers are providing remote services as well as remote application assistance. Find a free or low-cost immigration law service provider at immigrationadvocates.org/legaldirectory/
Hearings are suspended for all but detained immigrants. If you are scheduled for a deportation hearing, the Executive Office for Immigration Review will reschedule your hearing. Some immigration courts are also closed for hearings.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement has suspended appearances for individuals under ICE supervision. These typically are individuals an immigration judge have ordered for deportation but whom ICE has allowed to stay temporarily. If you are under supervision, ICE will reschedule your appointment.
If your employment authorization is expiring you can still apply for a renewal.
The State Department has suspended visa issuance at all consulates. This means delays for your relatives, visitors, international students, and employees applying for immigrant visas abroad.
By ALLAN WERNICK for DAILY NEWS
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