Following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has updated its COVID-19 policy for in-person visitors.


In accordance with CDC recommendations, USCIS has relaxed COVID-19 protocols for fully vaccinated individuals who do not have symptoms of COVID-19. USCIS no longer requires facial coverings to be worn by fully vaccinated visitors. USCIS notes that the term “fully vaccinated” means that a person has received a full course of COVID-19 vaccine shots and it has been at least two weeks since the final shot was administered. Individuals two years old and older who are not fully vaccinated must still wear a face covering The latest USCIS regulations supersede all state, local, territorial and tribal rules regarding face coverings.

Additionally, fully vaccinated individuals may do the following:

  • Visit a USCIS facility if they have traveled by international air, domestic air, or a cruise ship in the past 10 days
  • Enter USCIS facilities if they have had contact with non-vaccinated people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 14 days.

Looking Ahead

Envoy Global and Global Immigration Associates (GIA) will provide additional updates on USCIS COVID-19 policies as they become available.

Originally published 28 May 2021

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