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Most immigration regular services in the United States have been halted due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) temporarily suspended all in person-services at its field offices, asylum offices and Application Support Centers. On Wednesday, the Department of Homeland Security agency extended the offices closure until at least May 3.
The temporary office closure affects tens of thousands of individuals awaiting immigration benefits such as extensions of status, work permits, green cards and U.S. citizenship through naturalization — including those who have interview appointments, biometric services and naturalization ceremonies.
USCIS has announced, however, 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 to the public in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
BY DANIEL SHOER ROTH for MIAMI HERALD
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