Winter storm closes USCIS offices in southeastern states

17 Feb 15

UNITED STATES

A snow and ice storm that pummeled the Mid-Atlantic and South has closed several local U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services offices.

The Washington, D.C.-area office, the Baltimore District Office and Application Support Center, the Louisville Field Office and Application Support Center and the Nashville Application Support Center are closed today.

Several offices in southeastern locations, including Atlanta, Birmingham, Ala., Greer, S.C., and Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham, N.C., delayed opening until 10 a.m.

Visa applicants who had appointments at offices that are closed are reminded that some appointments are automatically rescheduled, while others require action by the applicant.

Generally, appointments for interviews and for biometrics are automatically rescheduled to the next available appointment, but applicants scheduled for InfoPass or other appointments must reschedule on their own. USCIS has posted information on its website about rescheduling appointments. Application support centers that are closed will take walk-ins when they reopen, but applicants should expect longer lines.

The storm dumped snow and sleet from the Carolinas to Washington, D.C., cut power to hundreds of thousands of customers, closed schools and shut down federal government offices. Originating in Kentucky, the storm is headed for the Northeast. BAL will update clients on subsequent closures.

BAL Analysis: BAL’s Tysons Corner, Va. office is closed today due to the storm, but staff are working remotely. BAL’s Washington, D.C. office is open and operating as normal.

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