You can still file applications with USCIS despite its physical offices being closed to the public

by | Apr 8, 2020 | Asylum, Employment Authorization, Immigration, Naturalization, Residency, USCIS |

With the COVID-19 pandemic leading to immigration agencies closing many of their physical offices and courts to the public, there are a lot of questions about what immigration applications can still be filed and how the closures will affect them.

Firstly, to recap, USCIS has closed its offices to in-person services until at least May 3. All routine interviews, biometrics appointments, naturalization swearing-in ceremonies, and other in-person services will be postponed until further notice. The San Francisco Asylum Office will remain closed to the public until at last May 4. All asylum interviews until May 4 will be canceled and rescheduled.

Despite these physical office closures, USCIS is still processing immigration applications. It is a good idea to file your applications for immigration relief as soon as possible so that you are in line and your case is not further delayed when USCIS appointments recommence.

Filing timely is crucial in many types of USCIS applications. One important example is that to qualify for asylum, you must file your application within one year of entry to the United States, with limited exceptions. Another example is that you should file for residency no later than four years after you receive your U Visa, which is only valid for four years. Such deadlines remain in place by law, despite USCIS having closed its physical offices to the public.

It is true that biometrics appointments are currently on hold, which may cause applications to sit pending for longer. However, USCIS has announced that it would be trying to recapture biometrics for work permits if the applicant’s biometrics are already in their system.

During such economically uncertain times, it is essential to obtain a work permit if you are eligible to do so. Applications for such forms of relief as asylum and lawful permanent residency, allow those with pending applications to obtain a work permit.

Lastly, USCIS announced at the end of 2019 that it would soon be raising filing fees for several applications, including naturalization, residency, and the provisional waiver. If you want to avoid being subject to these higher filing fees (for example, the naturalization fees are proposed to go from $725 to $1200), you should file your application as soon as you can with the help of an attorney.

Bean, Lloyd, Mukherji, & Taylor is continuing to provide consultations over the phone and is conducting all its business remotely. We remain committed to our clients in these challenging times as they strive to obtain immigration relief in the United States.


Big News- Firm Merger and Consolidation to Oakland!

Bean + Lloyd, LLP and Park & Taylor has formed Bean, Lloyd, Mukherji, & Taylor, LLP

San Francisco Office has Moved to Join Oakland Office

We are thrilled to announce the merger of Bean + Lloyd, LLP and Park & Taylor, two highly respected Bay Area immigration law firms, which took place in April 2021. The new firm, Bean, Lloyd, Mukherji, & Taylor, LLP, combines decades of immigration experience in the subfields of family-based immigration, removal defense, asylum, humanitarian visas, and criminal immigration.

Additionally, the former Park & Taylor office in San Francisco has moved to join the Oakland office at 110 11th Street, Oakland, CA 94607. While the office is temporarily closed to the public due to COVID-19, our staff is still available by phone, email, and text message, and all consultations and client appointments will continue by phone or video. We look forward to physically reopening our expanded and improved Oakland office when it is safe to do so.

Partners Jesse Lloyd and Anita Mukherji, both certified specialists in immigration and nationality law by the California State Bar, lead the firm. Karyn Taylor has joined as Of Counsel, and Angela Bean remains as partner and Anna von Herrmann as Of Counsel. The Park & Taylor staff have brought their two decades of experience to the team.

Please contact us at (510) 433-1900 or with any inquiries.

¡Anuncio importante- Unión y Consolidación de Dos Bufetes! Bean + Lloyd, LLP y Park & Taylor han Formado Bean, Lloyd, Mukherji, & Taylor, LLP

La oficina de Park & Taylor se ha mudado para unirse a la oficina de Oakland

Estamos emocionados de anunciar la unión entre Bean + Lloyd, LLP y Park & Taylor, dos bufetes de inmigración muy respetados en el Área de la Bahía, lo cual ocurrió en abril del 2021. El bufete nuevo, Bean, Lloyd, Mukherji, & Taylor, LLP, combina décadas de experiencia en inmigración familiar, defensa de deportación, asilo, visas humanitarias, e inmigración criminal.

Además, la antigua oficina de Park & Taylor en San Francisco se ha mudado para unirse a la oficina de Oakland en 110 11th Street, Oakland, CA 94607. Nuestra oficina está temporalmente cerrada al público debido a COVID-19. Nuestro personal seguirá estando disponible por teléfono, correo electrónico y texto. Todas las consultas y citas de clientes, continuarán por teléfono o videollamada. Estamos emocionados para reabrir físicamente nuestra ampliada y mejorada oficina de Oakland cuando sea seguro hacerlo.

Los socios Jesse Lloyd y Anita Mukherji, dos especialistas certificados en ley de inmigración y nacionalidad por la Barra del Estado de California, dirigen el bufete. Karyn Taylor es abogada retirada pero se ha unido al bufete, Angela Bean permanece como socia y Anna von Herrmann sigue siendo parte del bufete. El personal de Park & Taylor ha compartido sus dos décadas de experiencia con el equipo.

Por favor contáctenos al (510) 433-1900 o con sus preguntas.

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