Storm halts USCIS services across parts of Northeast

27 Jan 15

UNITED STATES

A powerful storm has closed U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services offices across parts of the Northeast.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Winter Storm Juno had dumped 11 inches of snow on New York City and more than 30 inches in parts of Massachusetts, according to the National Weather Service. Though the storm was not as strong as expected in some areas, it nonetheless closed roads, businesses, schools and government offices.

USCIS reported field office closures in the following locations:

Hartford, Conn. Lawrence, Mass. Newark, N.J. Long Island, N.Y.
Portland, Maine Manchester, N.H. Albany, N.Y. Providence, R.I.
Boston, Mass. Mt. Laurel, N.J. New York, N.Y.

Field offices in Philadelphia, Pa., Baltimore, Md., and outside of Washington, DC remained open, but were experiencing delays.

In addition to the field offices, application support centers closed in some areas hit by the storm. USCIS did not have information Tuesday afternoon about when offices would be reopening. For a complete list of closures and updated information, visit USCIS’s office closings website.

Those who missed appointments for an interview or biometrics at a field office or application support center will be automatically rescheduled. However, those who scheduled InfoPass or other appointments at field offices that were closed will have to reschedule their appointments on their own. Walk-ins at application support centers will be processed on a case-by-case basis, USCIS said.

BAL Analysis: Applicants should be aware that not all appointments will be automatically rescheduled and should anticipate long lines and delays in the days following closures.

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