Resource Center: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to provide you with an update on our ongoing efforts to continue assisting clients while also protecting the health and safety of our clients and employees.  We remain prepared to help our clients through these extraordinary times.  We are scheduling consultations via videoconference and phone.  Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can be of assistance.

Here are some updates:

The President of the United States has declared a PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY in response to the spread of the COVID-19 virus and the Governor of the State of Arizona had declared a PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY throughout the state.

DEPARTMENT OF STATE announced that in response to COVID-19, it is SUSPENDING ROUTINE VISA SERVICES IN MOST COUNTRIES worldwide as of March 18, 2020. Check the website of the embassy or consulate for its current operating status.

USCIS SUSPENDED ALL ROUTINE FACE-TO-FACE SERVICES.  Temporary Office Closure Extended until at least April 7.  To protect its workforce and to help mitigate the spread of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) suspended all routine face-to-face services, including all interviews, biometric collection appointments and naturalization ceremonies.

USCIS WILL ACCEPT REPRODUCED SIGNATURES.  USCIS announced that, due to the ongoing COVID-19 National Emergency, they will accept all benefit forms and documents with reproduced (scanned, faxed, photocopied, or similarly reproduced) original signatures. For forms that require an original “wet” signature, USCIS will accept electronically reproduced original signatures for the duration of the National Emergency.

USCIS ANNOUNCES FLEXIBILITY FOR REQUESTS FOR EVIDENCE (RFE), Notices of Intent to Deny (NOID):  For RFE or NOID dated between March 1 and May 1, 2020, any responses submitted within 60 calendar days after the response deadline set forth in the RFE or NOID will be considered by USCIS before any action is taken.

US BANKRUPTCY COURT IN PHOENIX:  In order to protect public health through the aim or reducing the size of public gatherings, as well as balancing the fair administration of justice, all trials and hearings which require the presentation of evidence that are currently scheduled between March 18, 2020 and April 10, 2020, have been vacated and will be resent by the Judge.  All other hearings are being conducted telephonically with no live appearances permitted in the courtrooms.    All 341 hearings for all Chapters (including continued hearings) scheduled through April 10th  are being continued.  Please watch the docket and contact the Trustees for the new date.  If the Court does not open by April 10th, the Trustees are discussing other options to hold hearings and address discharge dates.

 

Our thoughts go out to everyone that is impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.