USCIS and DOS Closures for Coronavirus

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What about all these offices closing because of the Coronavirus? Hi, I’m Jim hacking, immigration lawyer practicing law throughout the United States out of our office here in St. Louis, Missouri. I am dressed up today. I was supposed to go down to have an N-336 hearing on a denied naturalization case and then later on today, I was supposed to have a naturalization interview for one of my favorite clients, Yosher.

He’s been waiting very patiently. His last interview got postponed as well because of a snow storm back in December and now it’s been delayed because the USCIS office is closing its public facing portions, and so that means there aren’t going to be any interviews for some weeks and it might be even months.

It’s going to be awhile before people are getting their cases moving again. What does that mean for you? What does that mean with USCIS? Well, it’s interesting. We have a lot of people with deadlines. We have a lot of people who are either out of status or about to be out of status and they need to keep filing their application. I think in the short-term, we’re going to stay busy, and I think that the offices are going to stay busy.

As long as the mail keeps going and as long as USCIS keeps receiving applications, I believe that we’re going to be able to keep filing cases for people. But obviously there’s going to be a big slow down. We’re going to have less interviews.

There’s going to be more of a backlog. People have already been experiencing tremendous backlogs. Of course that was by designed by little Stephen Miller, that racist who works for President Trump and the people who are running USCIS. They wanted delays so they built in delays. But now there’s going to be a whole more level of delays because of the virus and because people are going to be missing work and working from home, and not a lot is going to be happening.

If there’s ever been an office that was paper heavy and paper dependent and file dependent, I mean if you’ve ever been to USCIS and you see the officers pushing their little cart down the hall with all their files in there, you know that they’re not well equipped for this age we’re finding ourselves in where people are working from home.

I suspect things are going to grind to a slow halt. Hopefully it won’t be for too long, but we think that you’ve just got to keep going. You got to do the next right thing, and it’s a head-scratching time. There’s a lot of strange things happening. It’s a strange time for us. Nobody knows where it’s going to end or how it’s going to go, but at the end of the day, people are still going to need their immigration benefits. There’s still immigration laws that we’re here to help enforce, and we’re going to keep doing what we can to fight for immigrants every day.

We hope that makes sense. We hope you’re not too freaked out. We’re still here. We’re working mostly from home, but we have outgoing mail and incoming mail, and we’re doing our consults by Skype and phone. We’re going to keep going. And that’s this week’s Coronavirus update for now.

I’m disappointed I don’t get to help my clients, Adam and Yosher today, but it’s probably a good call. I wasn’t too thrilled about hanging out in a federal building all day because I had five hours in between my interviews, and that’s a lot of germs in a federal building. Not to mention going through security and then sitting in a closed office with my clients and an officer. As part of social distancing, I’m happy to not have to do that.

I hope you’re staying sane. I hope you’re getting space for yourself. I hope you’re taking care of yourself. It is a stressful time for sure, but we still love you. We still love our immigrants and we’re going to be fighting for them and doing what’s best for them every day.

Thanks for watching. I hope you found the video helpful. If you have any questions, give us a call at 314-961-8200. You can email us at info@hackinglawpractice.com. Be sure to join us in our Facebook group, which is called Immigrant Home. And if you like this video, subscribe to our YouTube channel so you get updates whenever I make videos just like this one. Thanks a lot. Have a great day.

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