The coronavirus pandemic has created slowdowns and shutdowns across the country, including at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). This has resulted in issues for immigrants who live, work and study in the United States. While USCIS has not yet announced any automatic extensions related to coronavirus and immigration, applications for extensions are still being accepted by the agency. Some accommodations are also being made for immigrants who are in the United States and are unable to leave and for those who cannot access in-person USCIS services like fingerprinting and interviews. For those who require extensions for their stays in the United States or who need other accommodations related to coronavirus and immigration, working with a qualified and experienced New York immigration attorney can provide the added guidance and support needed to achieve these goals.
Accommodations for Immigrants
USCIS is not providing automatic extensions for immigrants here for Optional Practical Training or for those who are in the United States as part of the Visa Waiver Program and are unable to leave the country during the coronavirus crisis. These individuals will need to request extensions by phone. In other instances, it may be possible to postpone certain parts of the process or to omit them entirely. For example, USCIS is currently allowing many immigrants to renew their employment authorization cards without requiring the fingerprinting typically associated with this activity. This is necessary because many USCIS offices are closed for in-person visits because of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Why You Need a New York Immigration Attorney
Working with a New York immigration attorney can provide you with access to the expertise and the information you need to navigate the new normal during the coronavirus pandemic. Your lawyer can help you to deal with delays, extensions and other issues that may arise because of current quarantine, shelter-in-place and stay-at-home orders. This can provide you and your family with greater peace of mind during this difficult time and will ensure that you stay on the right side of immigration law now and in the future.
At Oltarsh & Associates, we are still here to serve you during the coronavirus pandemic. Our legal team will work with you to determine the right solutions for your needs and to help you to manage your immigration status in the safest and most practical way possible. Call us today at 212-944-9420 to schedule a free initial consultation with our team. We look forward to the chance to serve you.