Moss Immigration Law, PC is working hard and accepting new clients through the COVID-19 pandemic! Now is the perfect time to start your immigration case! We know government processing times could be longer than expected because of the pandemic, which means the sooner your case is filed, the sooner you are in line. Immigration agencies may be temporarily closed for certain appointment types and interviews due to COVID-19, but we can still file your case and get in line. This way, your case can start processing and be in line for appointments and interviews as agencies open back up after the temporary COVID-19 closures.

USCIS SET TO REOPEN SOME LOCAL OFFICES JUNE 4, 2020

USCIS to Reopen Some Local Offices on June 4, 2020

USCIS has announced that local offices are generally set to reopen June 4, 2020 for limited purposes only, including for interview appointments and naturalization oath ceremonies.  The Seattle office (located in Tukwila) will reopen under the conditions described here on June 4th.  Note that some offices will not yet reopen, and also note that any office may close again quickly without much if any notice.  Therefore, all persons with appointments should double check on the USCIS website closure page the day of their appointment.  The page can be found here: https://www.uscis.gov/about-us/uscis-office-closings .

Appointment Notices

Note that if you previously had an interview appointment or naturalization oath ceremony notice, you will automatically receive a new appointment notice.  If you are not sick and do not fall into the categories of people listed on the USCIS website page linked above (such as those ordered by a health care provider to self-isolate in the last 14 days), you may arrive for your interview 15 minutes prior to the scheduled time (30 minutes for naturalization oath ceremonies).  Follow all signs and respect all barriers in the office to maintain social distancing.

If you had an Infopass appointment it will not be rescheduled automatically, but rather you will need to reschedule it by contacting the national customer service line, as you did to get the initial appointment.

Biometrics appointments are not reopening yet.  If you had or need a biometrics appointment you must continue to wait until you receive a new appointment notice.

Abbreviated Ceremonies (Except July 4 Ceremony)

Note that naturalization ceremonies will be abbreviated.  They will not include videos, for example, and will only comply with the minimum legal requirements.

However, the 4th of July citizenship oath ceremony at Seattle Center is scheduled to take place as usual.  Notices for those who will be in that ceremony are going out.  If you will be in that ceremony, you will receive your appointment notice.

The reopening of the local offices at least for interviews and naturalization oaths is welcome news so that those who had been waiting for long periods of time, even up to two years prior to the closure, may now continue to move forward with the normal procedure.


REGARDING PRESIDENT TRUMP’S SUSPENSION OF IMMIGRATION:
 
The recent statements made by President Trump about suspending immigration were vague and concerning. At first, no one knew exactly what was meant by the words suspending immigration. In the daily briefing on 04/21/20, President Trump said that he would be issuing a temporary suspension of immigration into the United States and that the pause would be in effect for 60 days.
A proclamation was released, effective as of 04/23/20 at 11:59 p.m. The proclamation provides details about which categories of immigration will be temporarily suspended. You can read the proclamation here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/proclamation-suspending-entry-immigrants-present-risk-u-s-labor-market-economic-recovery-following-covid-19-outbreak/
 
Summary of proclamation: 
The temporary suspension does not apply to spouses and children under age 21 of U.S. citizens, certain prospective adoptees, certain healthcare professionals, Lawful Permanent Residents, certain investor visa immigrant applicants, non-immigrant visa holders, or applicants for asylum/refugee/withholding of removal or protection under the Convention Against Torture.
 
To see a more detailed summary of the proclamation that was put together by the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the American Immigration Council, click here: https://www.aila.org/infonet/sumamry-april-22-presidential-proclamation
Although things may change and the proclamation could be modified or extended, Moss Immigration Law continues to move forward and work current cases and prepare new cases for filing. In times of uncertainty and constantly changing policies, nobody immediately knows how new policies may affect certain categories of immigration proceedings until rules and regulations from varying immigration agencies are put into place but what we can tell you is that we analyze updates from several government agencies and will continue to do our best to advocate for our clients and work our cases in every way we can. If any new policy, rule or regulation is issued and it affects your case, we will reach out to you as soon as possible with our analysis and any impact it may have on you as soon as we have more information.  

CLICK HERE FOR ADDITIONAL COVID-19 RESOURCES

If you would like to see the US Citizenship Immigration Services response and resources about COVID-19, please visit:
https://www.uscis.gov/about-us/uscis-response-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19

If you would like to see a current list of US Citizenship Immigration Services field office closures, please visit:
https://www.uscis.gov/about-us/uscis-office-closings

To reschedule any other appointment, please follow the instructions on your notice. You will be rescheduled without penalty. Please see the following USCIS webpage for more information on rescheduling appointments due to illness:

If You Feel Sick, Please Consider Canceling and Rescheduling Your USCIS Appointment

From the EOIR Facebook page, Seattle Immigration Court is closed:

Executive Office for Immigration Review
Friday, March 13, 2020 at 8:17PM
Effective immediately, the Seattle Immigration Court is closed to the public. Emergency filings may be filed with the Tacoma Immigration Court until the Seattle Immigration Court reopens. Routine filings may be held and will be considered timely filed if filed with the Seattle Immigration Court on the first day the court is again open.

USCIS Temporary Office Closure Extended until at least April 7

Visit CoronaVirus.gov for a complete list of CDC travel health notices.

Important Immigration Websites:

  • I-94 RECORD:  Click here to access, print and retain your CBP I-94 record 
  • CASE STATUS:  Click here to check the status of your case online with your USCIS Receipt Number 
  • CHANGE OF ADDRESS:  All non-immigrants and permanent residents are required to notify the USCIS of their address change within 10 days via MAIL or ONLINE

MY PHILOSOPHY:

“I HELP CLIENTS NAVIGATE THE COMPLEX IMMIGRATION SYSTEM FOR THE BEST RESULTS POSSIBLE.”

Immigration in the United States can be a complex and tedious process. Individuals, families, and livelihoods depend on competent, thorough, and professional legal guidance focused on current laws and each individual set of circumstances.

Our staff understands that the importance of this process often extends beyond each individual applicant, from its effects on generations to come to the success of businesses who employ talent from abroad.  We share your determination that the process accomplishes a favorable outcome in the most efficient and cost-effective manner possible. 

Finding an attorney that fits your combined needs of specialized representation and personal attention is important.  Whether you’re an individual applicant, family, or a business seeking to bring in or retain talent, our firm can assist you in the process.  From straightforward to complex, we welcome the opportunity to meet with you and discuss how we can help. 

A 30 minute phone or in-office consultation is available at half price for new clients. Call our office today at 208-930-0070 or fill out the online form below.  We look forward to meeting you!

Trump delays deadline for Real ID Act because of coronavirus

If your loved ones have been detained by immigration, you can use this link to try to locate them

IMPORTANT: Click here to see how REAL ID will affect the way non-citizens will travel

“I’ve always argued that this country has benefited immensely from the fact that we draw people from all over the world.”

∼ Alan Greenspan

“The bosom of America is open to receive not only the Opulent and respected Stranger, but the oppressed and persecuted of all Nations and Religions; whom we shall welcome to a participation of all our rights and privileges….”

∼ George Washington

My BLOG & GALLERY

After an intense legal battle, the Supreme Court issued a positive decision on the DACA case on June 18, 2020, finding that the Trump administration’s decision to terminate the program was “arbitrary and capricious” under the Administrative Procedures Act and failed to consider the hardship to DACA recipients. This decision is a huge victory for…

The Supreme Court announced that it will hear appeals of three cases related to injunctions halting the Trump Administration’s attempts to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program this fall. District Courts and Courts of Appeals across the country have blocked the Administration’s attempts to end the program. In June, the Court announced…

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