The USCIS Tampa Field Office has not permitted cell phones in its
building for years due to security concerns. Recently, they changed
The new policy has four requirements:
1. Cell phones must be set to vibrate when a person enter USCIS (the phone should not ring in the building);
2. Cell phones must be turned OFF during interviews;
3. Cell phone cameras may not be used with the exception of taking
photographs of naturalization proceedings; and, finally,
4. Persons speaking on cell phones should speak in low volumes when using cell phones so as not to disturb others.
In many cases, waiting times for interviews at the Tampa Field Office
can be an hour or longer. Having a cell phone available makes the
waiting time much more tolerable.
Bravo to the USCIS for changing its policy!