Hurricane Sandy is the monster storm that has hit the east coast of the United States. This storm has shut down transportation and schools and various other offices in the country, have also been closed. Major airlines have canceled more than 5,000 flights and the forecasters say that Sandy is a powerful storm similar to that of Hurricane Katrina. Similarly, various USCIS offices will remain closed on Tuesday and some offices may open late. As the USCIS offices will remain closed, applicants need not worry about their appointments and the USCIS will reschedule their appointments. Applicants need not file any requests to reschedule their appointments.
You may get in touch with the National Customer Service Center by dialing 1-800-375-5283, if you need to visit a USCIS office in an area that is smitten by the monster storm and to know whether that particular USCIS office is closed or open for business. You may also call the NCSC, if you feel that you are likely to be affected by the hurricane. USCIS offices at Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Virginia, will be closed on Tuesday. If you need to visit a USCIS office in one of these states, you may contact the NCSC and obtain information about rescheduling your appointment.
Deaths are being reported in New York and President Obama has signed emergency declarations for New York, Pennsylvania, District of Columbia, Connecticut, Maryland, Rhode Island and New Jersey, that are affected by the hurricane Sandy. He is also sending federal help to those places, if needed. Similarly, the administration has also requested the public to follow instructions of the state officials and failure to follow the instructions is more likely to result in fatalities. People who are living along the coast have also been told to move to safer places. More than 50 million people are found to live in areas that are affected by this hurricane. Sandy may as well result in economic downturn and disruptions for few companies.