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Attention: COVID-19 Hinders USCIS Operations

Corey Lee Law - NYC Immigration Attorney > C.T.LEE & Associates Blog  > Attention: COVID-19 Hinders USCIS Operations

Attention: COVID-19 Hinders USCIS Operations

The historic year of 2020 finally passed as we welcome 2021 with hope for a more typical year. However, the pandemic, which started back in 2019, still looms over us.

Since winter arrived, the pandemic worsened drastically. The number of daily cases skyrocketed, forcing small businesses to close again shortly after opening.

Although USCIS is a government agency, it cannot avoid being impacted by the pandemic. USCIS announced on January 8th, due to factors such as the COVID-19, an increase in filings, and current postal service volume, the time of receiving a receipt notice for a petition will be delayed by 4-6 weeks.

Lengths of the delays vary with the locations of lockboxes and the categories of petitions. Petitions including Form I-485 (Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status) or Form I-765 (Application for Employment Authorization) will be delayed the most. The receipt date will not be affected.

If you have submitted a petition already, all there is to do is to be patient. If you have not yet submitted the petition, and want to avoid this delay, consider taking the following steps:

Filing Online: You receive instant confirmation after filing your case electronically through the USCIS website.
Create a free USCIS online account: You can check your case’s status from your mobile device.
Complete G-1145: This will allow you to receive updates on your case through texts and emails. Make sure to clip the completed form to the front of your petition packet!

 

注意:疫情导致移民局工作严重滞缓

不易的2020终于过去,我们都迎来了充满希望的2021。但2019开始蔓延全球的新冠疫情没有随着2020一起离开。

入冬后,新冠疫情在美国出现了反扑,日增患者一度飙升顶峰。许多艰难度日的小生意又被迫关停了。

移民局虽是政府部门,但也逃不过受到疫情影响。一月八日移民局在官网公布,因新冠疫情,案件数增加,邮寄问题等因素,在递交申请后,小伙伴们收到来自移民局的接受确认信(receipt notice)的时间会被推迟4-6周!

各个种类申请,以及每个地方的移民局收信箱的推迟时间不一。被推迟时间最久的是I-485表格(身份调整)和I-765表格(工作许可申请)。申请资料接受日期本身不会被影响。

小伙伴们如果最近已经上交了申请,那么也就只能耐心等待啦。如果想避免推迟,可以使用以下几个办法:

网上申请:伟大的互联网!网上递交申请后,马上就能拿到电子版本的申请确认,不香吗!

注册免费USCIS网上账号:注册之后即可使用移动设备查询审理状态。

完成G-1145表格:和资料一起递交G-1145表格可以让你通过短信接收所有审理状态。注意,递交G-1145表格时要把它作为资料的第一页哦~