United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has begun to reschedule appointments around the country. The first interviews for USCIS Sacramento after closing down started taking place two weeks ago. Based on our experience, we wanted to make sure you understood what it now looks like to attend an interview with USCIS.
Remember your mask, safety first!
When you appear at the appointment, you will arrive 15 minutes early as the appointment letter from USCIS says to do. After entering the security of the federal building, you will approach a check in desk in the lobby to confirm your interview time and whether you have had any symptoms or come in contact with anyone else who has been ill. If you are early, wait for your time, as you will be instructed to leave until your appointment is 15 minutes or less away.
There are lines on the floor to follow and circles to stand in while you wait to ensure social distancing.
At the Sacramento USCIS office, all chairs in the waiting room have been removed to prevent contamination. The appointment time above is meant to ensure that no one has to stand for too long before being called back to their appointment.
USCIS Officer’s Office
Once the officer calls you back to their office, you will be seated across a desk from the officer. There is a clear plastic partition between the officer and yourself.
You will be asked to remove your mask to verify your picture identification, then you may put your mask back on. All efforts are made to ensure the room, chairs, fingerprint readers and touchpads are kept clean and sanitized.
Exiting the USCIS Office
Upon completing your interview, there is a specific path to walk out so that you are not passing by those in the waiting room or those who are entering the office for their interview.
Follow the marked paths and you are on your way to safely completing your USCIS interview!
If you are uncomfortable with your upcoming USCIS appointment and you would like to have a practice interview, review your materials or have an attorney accompany you to the interview, Schach Law Group offers these services. Call us at (916) 917-5217 to discuss your options.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA was recently the topic of a Supreme Court decision. There was much celebration over the decision and it was covered on all news outlets, social media and throughout communities across the United States.
With this attention there have been many calls to action, either to apply for an initial DACA submission or file for a DACA renewal for individuals. It is for this reason that we would like to review the current state of DACA.
The Supreme Court decision did not stand behind DACA as many have described. Instead, the Supreme Court decision took exception with how DACA was terminated. The lack of research, time and consideration that seemingly went into the decision was insufficient. Therefore, the Supreme Court laid out that if the program was to be ended, there would be necessary steps to be taken to show this proper consideration.
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
As of this time USCIS has not been clear on the intent to allow for new DACA submission, nor for DACA renewals. USCIS has been clear on their view of DACA. USCIS Deputy Director for Policy Joseph Edlow put out the following statement on June 19, 2020, “Today’s court opinion has no basis in law and merely delays the President’s lawful ability to end the illegal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals amnesty program.“ USCIS is not adjudicating the laws set forth to determine how the organization may proceed with new applications or renewal applications for DACA applicants. Rather USCIS Depty Director for Policy is actively campaigning for DACA to cease existence.
Due to the President’s clear intent to end DACA, coupled with the statement and lack of filing guidance from USCIS, that we anticipate the program to be declared terminated once again soon.
There is an application fee for a DACA application which, as with all applications fees, is non-refundable. These issues coupled with the application itself including the applicant’s address, we have reservations in submitting DACA applications.
We feel as though any DACA application at this point would be premature given the lack of guidance and potentially more harmful than helpful. We are monitoring the progress of DACA and taking note of those applications which are being filed across the country to determine the next steps.
Andrew Schach is the Managing Attorney at Schach Law Group. These blog topics are not intended as legal advice as each individual's case and history are different. Call for free consultation to review your options at (916)917-5217.