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JFCS Statement on Immigration Process Changes April 23, 2020

jfcs immigration statement

JFCS Statement on Immigration Process Changes April 23, 2020

In light of President Trump’s announcement on the suspension of immigration in the United States, JFCS Immigration Legal Services reassures the community that changes are temporary and will be lifted once the pandemic becomes manageable.

It is important to clarify that the President’s announcement reflects changes that have been in place since the outbreak of Covid-19; at which point almost all immigration processes were slowed or stopped in the United States.

We reassure our clients and the community that the announcement does not change policies or processes. While most immigration is temporarily on hold, we anticipate the reopening of our borders and immigration in the coming months.

As an overview of key offices that implemented changes of service in the outbreak of Covid-19:

• The State Department (which oversees the US Embassies around the world) canceled future visa interviews until the pandemic is under control.

• US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) offices across the US closed their offices to the public for biometrics appointments, interviews and oath ceremonies.

• The Executive Office for Immigration Review (Immigration Court) postponed all non-detained immigration hearings. Only hearings for detained immigrants are taking place and these are conducted by video or telephone in most cases.

• The southern and northern borders closed to all travelers on March 20, 2020. This includes unaccompanied children and asylum seekers.

If you have specific questions about your immigration status, please reach out at legal@jfcspgh.org.

To learn more about JFCS Immigration Legal Services, click here.