USCIS Flexibility in Processing Green Card Applications / COVID-19 Update

As the COVID-19 global pandemic continues to prevent us all from partaking in regular activities and obligations, USCIS has relaxed certain requirements in the processing of green card applications. As a reminder, all USCIS offices have been closed until at least May 4, causing delays in green card application interviews and biometrics appointments.

Below are the areas in which USCIS has relaxed standard processing requirements:

  • On March 30, USCIS announced that it will process certain employment authorization document applications by using previously submitted biometrics. This measure will mitigate delays and help prevent lapses in EADs.

  • Certain green card applications are being approved without interviews.

  • USCIS has been issuing RFEs for expired medical exams, indicating that green card applications may be adjudicated without in person interviews.

  • USCIS is accepting electronically reproduced original signatures on USCIS forms.

  • PERM labor certifications are being issued via email. However, the Department of Labor is still requiring wet ink signatures before filing the I-140 petition.

USCIS may issue additional flexible policies in the coming weeks. We encourage you to follow up to date immigration alerts and consult with a qualified immigration attorney to ensure that you have the most up-to-date information available to you.

This post is for informational purposes only.




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