Immigrants affected by California wildfires will have appointments rescheduled by USCIS


SAN FRANCISCO – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will provide special allowances to help immigrants affected by the ongoing California wildfires. Anyone who was evacuated or who lost a home as a result of the wildfires, and had an appointment with USCIS, can reschedule by calling the Contact Center at 800-375-5283 or by writing to USCIS, 630 Sansome Street, San Francisco, CA 94111.

Appointments will be rescheduled automatically for those who are unable to appear due to being in a burn area. New appointment notices will go out through the mail, and if those notices are returned, USCIS will contact each applicant, by either cellular phone or email.

Those from the burn areas who fail to appear at upcoming naturalization ceremonies 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 at

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 problems in the future. If you have lost your USCIS-issued documents in a natural disaster, you can apply to replace them. Visit our Special Situations web page for more information.