As part of the Department of Homeland Security, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is the federal agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States of America. The agency manages the process that allows individuals from other countries to live and work in the United States. Part of USCIS’s mission is to protect the safety of U.S. citizens. USCIS is currently monitoring the effects of the public health emergency related to the 2019 coronavirus outbreak on its operations. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated the virus has sickened more than 60,000 people worldwide. In response to the reports that the virus was first identified in China, the U.S. Department of State instructions, USCIS is temporarily closing its field offices in Beijing and Guangzhou. Appointments in those locations will be rescheduled and USCIS will notify the affected applicants by sending them new appointment notices.
Symptoms of the Virus
According to the CDC, confirmed cases of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus have ranged from individuals with mild symptoms to patients becoming severely ill and dying. Some of the typical symptoms can mirror the flu, such as the following:
- Shortness of breath
- Congested or runny nose
- Sore throat
It is important to note that if someone who is in the United States and is sick or starts to feel symptoms of being sick, he or she can reschedule his or her appointment with USCIS by following the instructions on the appointment notice. There is no penalty for rescheduling an appointment due to significant illness....