USCIS Plans to Close All International Field Offices


The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) plans to close all of its international field offices, apparently. Earlier in March, 2019, Reuters and many other outlets reported that an internal email from former USCIS Director, Lee Cissna, described the service’s intent to close all of its international field offices. Jessica Collins, USCIS spokeswoman, publicly commented on the email from Director Cissna, helping to confirm the agency’s intentions. Spokeswoman Collins stated by email,

“As we have internally shared, USCIS is in preliminary discussions to consider shifting its international USCIS office workloads to USCIS domestic offices in the United States and, where practicable, to U.S. embassies and consulates abroad…The goal of any such shift would be to maximize USCIS resources that could then be reallocated, in part, to backlog reduction efforts.”

The internet was buzzing with the news between March and April of this year, but no closures beyond the Moscow Field Office seem to have occurred. Some officials have spoken about the subject anonymously and noted the closures should occur over the course of the next year. (See the Reuters article)

What do USCIS international field offices do?

According to the USCIS, it’s international offices, “provide services to U.S. Citizens, permanent residents of the U.S. and certain other persons who are visiting or residing outside the United States who need assistance in immigration matters.”

Here is a link to a list of USCIS international field offices, along with more information on each.

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