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USCIS Updates Visitor Policy for the Fully Vaccinated

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"Given the updated guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has updated its visitor policy for fully vaccinated individuals. These guidelines apply to in-person visitors coming to various immigration offices regarding their applications."
Written by My Visa Source Team
Published on:  Jul 19, 2021
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Given the updated guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has updated its visitor policy for fully vaccinated individuals. These guidelines apply to in-person visitors coming to various immigration offices regarding their applications. 

What Are the Updated Guidelines for In-Person Visits?

Based on these guidelines, the USCIS will no longer require in-person visitors to wear a mask as long as they are fully vaccinated. Meaning the person who has received all the required Covid-19 vaccine doses to complete the shot and it has been at least 2 weeks since the last shot was administered will no longer be required to wear a mask.

Additionally, fully vaccinated individuals coming to the US must visit a USCIS center if:

  • They have traveled internationally by air, and domestically by air or on a cruise ship in the last 10 days

  • They have been around non-vaccinated people who have been diagnosed with Covid-19 in the last 14 days

Any individual over the age of 2 and not fully vaccinated are still required to wear face masks to meet the USCIS standard for in-person visits. 

What Social Restrictions Are Still In Place?

The following social restrictions still apply for in-person visits:

  1. Individuals attending in-person appointments may only be accompanied by their attorney, interpreter, or guardian and dependents listed on the interview notice or support providers for disabled applicants.
  2. Applicants may not invite any guests at their naturalization ceremony other than support providers for disabled applicants.
  3. Applicants feeling sick can reschedule their USCIS appointments with no penalty. 
  4. Applicants instructed to self-isolate or self-quarantine in the last 14 days are not allowed to enter a USCIS center.
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