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USCIS Will Reschedule Appointments Canceled Because Of Sandy

Author: New York Immigration Lawyer Alena Shautsova

The USCIS issued the following notice regarding canceled appointments and other Sandy’s affects:

USCIS extends sincerest sympathies to all who were impacted by Hurricane Sandy. We will make every effort to assist USCIS customers who may have been affected, and as a result, have difficulties with their applications for immigration benefits.

Be advised that the Long Island Field Office located at 30 Barretts Avenue in Holtsville, New York was closed to the public on October 29th, 30th and 31st due to Hurricane Sandy. Please read the following updates carefully before proceeding any further.

Interviews: If you had an appointment to be interviewed for Adjustment of Status (Form I-485) on any one of those days please note that your interview has been rescheduled for December 4th or 5th. Likewise, if you had an appointment to be interviewed for Naturalization (Form N-400) on any one of those days please note that your interview has been rescheduled for December 7th, 10th or 11th. Your new appointment notice has been mailed to your current address of record by way of regular U.S. Mail.

As an additional service to the public, we will also automatically reschedule anyone who was unable to appear for their Adjustment of Status (Form I-485) or Naturalization (Form N-400) interview on November 1st and 2nd with the understanding that it may have been a hardship for some applicants to make those appointments in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. In addition, those applicants who were unable to keep their interview appointments the week of November 5th – 9th will automatically be rescheduled as well. All such cases will be rescheduled for the next available appointment date and notification will be sent to your current address of record by way of regular U.S. Mail.

InfoPass: Customers with scheduled InfoPass appointments for October 29th, 30th and 31st may appear at the Long Island Field Office at any time during normal business hours throughout the month of November and need only present their InfoPass appointment notice showing they were scheduled for any one of those days in order to be serviced. Because the office, while open, was only able to provide limited services to the public on November 1st and 2nd due to network outages, we will also honor InfoPass appointments throughout the month of November for those days as well.

Naturalization Court Ceremonies: The Long Island Field Office, in collaboration with the United States Courthouse for the Eastern District of New York located in Central Islip, is in the process of rescheduling all oath ceremonies that were canceled on October 29th, 30th and 31st due to Hurricane Sandy. Candidates for naturalization will be rescheduled for the following dates (notification will be sent to your current address of record by way of regular U.S. Mail):

  • If you were scheduled for an oath ceremony at the Central Islip Courthouse on October 29th, then you will be rescheduled for November 20th.
  • If you were scheduled for an oath ceremony at the Central Islip Courthouse on October 30th, then you will be rescheduled for November 27th.
  • If you were scheduled for an oath ceremony at the Central Islip Courthouse on October 31st, then you will be rescheduled for November 29th.

In addition, those candidates for naturalization who were unable to appear for their oath ceremony the week of November 5th – 9th will automatically be rescheduled as USCIS recognizes the difficulties some people may have had with transportation in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. All such cases will be rescheduled for the next available oath ceremony date and notification will be sent to your current address of record by way of regular U.S. Mail.

If you have immigration concerns, consult a skilled New York immigration lawyer at 917-885-2261 and find out about your options.

09 November 2012
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