The spread of the Corona Virus is demonstrating clearly to all of us how our world is interconnected. There is no question that this global pandemic event has disruptive implications on our lives and is impacting all of us in different ways. Whether it is protecting aging parents, managing school closures, cancelling vacations or coping with economic stress, we understand that these are trying times.
At LCR, we are taking the Corona Virus seriously, and we have asked everyone on our team to work from home through Friday, March 27th and have suspended all but vital travel.
There are several important immigration developments that may also impact our clients and their family members:
- The USCIS has announced that immigrants seeking naturalization won’t be negatively impacted if they test positive for Corona Virus. The USCIS does not want people to avoid testing and we agree being safe and healthy is most important.
- The USCIS has also announced that some of their offices are going to be temporarily closed and this may impact the processing time of your applications, whether an I526 or post approval processing.
- The outbreak has caused suspension on all non-emergency services in various U.S. Consulates abroad, especially consulates in severely affected areas. We have confirmed that certain US Embassies are encouraging rescheduling of visa appointments at this time. This may impact cases of consulate processing and other visa appointments.
As a matter of principle, if you have existing scheduled appointments or paperwork in processing with USCIS, we encourage our clients to speak with their immigration attorneys to seek guidance on next steps and implications for them and their family members.
We are also in receipt of news that several colleges and universities are shutting down their dorms and campuses until further notice. This can pose challenges to find housing outside of familiar surroundings coupled with travel restrictions and flight cancellations, we understand that our clients may be concerned about family members already in the United States.
LCR is here to provide as much support as we can. Stay healthy and take care of yourself and your family.