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Immigrant Fire Victims Accommodated by USCIS

Oct 16, 2017 12:00AM

If you are an immigrant who lost your home or was evacuated due to the ongoing fires, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is ready to reschedule your appointment. Call the National Customer Service Center at 800-375-5283 or by write to: USCIS, 630 Sansome Street, San Francisco, 94111. Those in the burn area who fail to appear for an appointment will be rescheduled. New appointment notices will go out through the mail, and if those notices are returned, USCIS will contact each applicant, either by cell phone or e-mail. Those from the burn areas who fail to appear at the naturalization ceremony scheduled for October 26 will also be automatically rescheduled. Displaced people are urged to change their address on USCIS records by calling 800-375-5283 or by going online to myUSCIS.gov.

Applicants for federal disaster assistance may need to prove citizenship or immigration status. Naturalized citizens may also be required to show their certificates to replace passports, register to vote, or apply for federal benefits not related to the fires. Filing quickly to replace a lost certificate can avoid inconvenience in the future. If you have lost your USCIS-issued documents in a natural disaster, you can apply to replace them. Visit www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/special-situations for more information. And visit www.uscis.gov/avoidscams for information on avoiding immigration scams.