January INFOPASS Availability is limited for WAS and BAL field offices

INFOPASS availability will be limited for the first half of January, 2014 for both USCIS’s Washington and Baltimore field offices. The Washington Field Office (WAS) will be installing a software upgrade and the Baltimore Field Office (BAL) will be moving to a new location in Baltimore, MD.

Washington Field Office*
At WAS, there will be no appointments available January 6 or 8, and curtailed appointment allotments, ranging from 36 to 75 per day, available January 2, 3, 7, and 9. (Note that the first Wednesday of each month is a WAS training day, such that January 8 would not have had INFOPASS appointments allotted in any event.) Beginning January 10, WAS will maintain allotments of 100 INFOPASS appointments per day.

Note: WAS will continue to accept emergency INFOPASS walk-ins during these days, but WAS asks that attorneys and clients be patient, as the software systems used to manage case flow will not be operational at some points.

Baltimore Field Office*
BAL Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) are in the process of packing up for its move to Joh Avenue, and no INFOPASS appointments will be scheduled from January 2 through approximately January 14. The office is expected to remain open at Hopkins Plaza through January 3, but there will be no public access thereafter until the opening of the new Joh Avenue offices.

Note: For the period January 6 through January 14, the Washington Field Office has advised that it is prepared to accept emergency walk-ins which would normally be directed to the Baltimore Field Office. The Baltimore Field Office plans to announce additional move details shortly, which may include additional options for emergency INFOPASS opportunities.

* Chuck Tievsky, AILA DC Chair Elect

Background:
InfoPass is a free service that lets you schedule an appointment with a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Immigration Officer by using the Internet at any time of day or night. If you have an immigration issue that is best handled by a trained USCIS Immigration Officer, InfoPass will let you schedule your appointment instead of requesting it in person at your local USCIS office.

Source of Information:

Email Alert from: American Immigration Lawyers Association, District of Columbia Chapter (AILA DC Chapter) Chuck Tievsky, AILA DC Chair Elect Sent on: Wednesday, December 18, 2013

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