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US Immigration Services Suspends All In-Person Services on Inauguration Day, Citing Safety Issues

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US Immigration Services Suspends All In-Person Services on Inauguration Day, Citing Safety Issues

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The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced Friday it will temporarily suspend in-person services at all field offices, asylum offices, and application support centers on Inauguration Day and one day prior, citing safety reasons. USCIS said in a news release that the closures will take place on Jan. 19 and 20 “to ensure the safety of our employees and for individuals with appointments” for these days. People with appointments scheduled for the two days were urged to contact USCIS to reschedule. Already, no USCIS offices are accepting walk-in visits, with scheduled appointments only being admitted at this time. The USCIS did not provide any details regarding the safety issue that prompted the decision to close offices around Inauguration Day, but the announcement comes one day after the release of a joint security bulletin from the Department of Homeland Security, FBI, and eight other agencies, noting an elevated security risk following the …

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