Officials with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said Wednesday they area taking special measures to help immigrants who have been affected by the wildfires in California.
Immigrants who have lost a home, have been evacuated or missed an appointment with the USCIS can reschedule any appointments by calling the National Customer Service Center at (800) 375-5283 or write to USCIS at 630 Sansome St., San Francisco CA, 94111.
Immigrants who were living in a burn area and failed to make an appointment will be rescheduled. New appointment notices will be mailed, and if they are returned, USCIS will contact each applicant by phone or email.
Those in the burn areas who fail to appear for a naturalization ceremony on Oct. 26 will automatically be rescheduled.
People who were displaced by the fires are urged to change their address on USCIS records by calling (800) 375-5283 or going online at USCIS.gov.
Applicants for federal disaster assistance may need to prove citizenship or immigration status. Naturalized citizens also may be required to show their certificates to replace passports, register to vote, or apply for federal benefits not related to the fires.
Filing to quickly replace a lost certificate can avoid inconvenience in the future. Anyone who lost USCIS documents in a natural disaster can apply to replace them. More information is available on the USCIS Special Situations site at https://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/special-situations.
The agency is reminding victims of the wildfires to be mindful of immigration scams. More information is available at www.uscis.gov/avoidscams.