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Get ready for your U.S. Citizenship Interview!

Jan 9, 2019

This podcast is a super-quick reminder from USCIS Public Affairs Officer Arwen FitzGerald that USCIS is OPEN for Business during the partial Government Shutdown. See the show notes for links to the new Civics Questions update and USCIS Fees Tool.

  • The government shutdown does not affect the fee-for-service activities performed by USCIS.
  • All USCIS offices remain open and all applicants should attend interviews and appointments as scheduled.
  • E-Verify is not fee-funded; E-Verify Customer Support and related services are closed for the duration of the shutdown
    • Further note: E-Verify is a web-based system that allows enrolled employers to confirm the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States.

You can read the full USCIS alert:

The Government Shutdown does not affect Citizenship services.

or listen to/watch our podcast:

US Immigration and Travel Services during the Government Shutdown

If you have further questions, go to

  • Where you can find free forms for Citizenship and Immigration
  • Submit an N-400 Application for Naturalization online
  • Check Your Case Status
  • Check Processing Times
  • Find a USCIS Office

Also look for these two new features:

USCIS Tool Fee Calculator

Civics Test Answer Updates

USCIS News Alerts about the new tools:

New USCIS Tool Calculates Fees, Helps Avoid Incorrect Payments

Nueva Herramienta de USCIS Calcula las Tarifas y Ayuda a Evitar Pagos Incorrectos

2019-01-04 Civics Test Answer Updates

2019-01-04 Actualizaciones de las respuestas del Examen de Civismo

Remember, you can access information in English and Spanish (

If you need more help, use EMMA, the USCIS Digital Assistant

Or call the USCIS National Contact Center
Call toll-free 800-375-5283. For people who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability: TTY 800-767-1833.