Update – Guidelines for Entering USCIS Facilities

I have listed the general COVID safety guidelines for entering a USCIS facilities below. Remember to check for the specific guidelines that you must follow for any building that you may personally need to enter for official USCIS related business.

Guidelines for Entering USCIS Facilities

– Visitors may not enter a USCIS facility if they:

  • Have any symptoms of COVID-19, including cough, fever or difficulty breathing;
  • Have been in close contact with anyone known or suspected to have COVID-19 in the last 14 days; or
  • Have been individually directed to self-quarantine or self-isolate by a health care provider or public health official within the last 14 days.

– Visitors may not enter the facility more than 15 minutes prior to their appointment (30 minutes for naturalization ceremonies).

– Hand sanitizer will be provided for visitors at entry points.

– Members of the public must wear facial coverings that cover both the mouth and nose when entering facilities. Visitors may be directed to briefly remove their face covering to confirm identity or take their photograph. There will be markings and physical barriers in the facility; visitors should pay close attention to these signs to ensure they follow social distancing guidelines.

– Individuals are encouraged to bring their own black or blue ink pens.


Please visit these two USCIS Web Pages for more information: USCIS Visitor Policy and USCIS Response to COVID-19


Source of Information:

USCIS (USCIS.gov), 5/27/20, News Alert:

USCIS Preparing to Resume Public Services on June 4


USCIS (USCIS.gov), 9/11/20, Web Page:

USCIS Visitor Policy


USCIS (USCIS.gov), 9/17/20, Web Page:

USCIS Response to COVID-19

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