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U.S. Plans to Close 23 International Immigration Offices in 2019

By Ella Bergquist March 14, 2019 (Updated July 30, 2019) 2 min. read
Closing Overseas Immigration offices

The Trump administration has announced that they are planning on closing all U.S. immigration agency’s overseas locations. The announcement was written by USCIS Director Francis Cissna in an email. The plans called for shifting those duties to U.S.-based agency offices and American consulates and embassies abroad. The move is the latest from an administration that has worked to limit legal and illegal immigration since Trump took office in January 2017, including cuts to the U.S. refugee program and heightened vetting of U.S. visa applications.

A branch of the Department of Homeland Security operates all 23 offices overseas. The 23 offices are scattered across Latin America, Europe, and Asia:

International Immigration Offices

Click on your local international field office from the list below to find details about office location, services, and important instructions.

Latin America, Canada and the Caribbean (LACC) District

 Asia/Pacific (APAC) District

Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) District

These offices provide services such as: helping U.S. citizens who want to bring relatives to the United States; processing refugee applications; enabling overseas citizenship applications; and assisting Americans who want to adopt foreign children, according to its website.

The international offices can also process naturalizations of U.S. military service members who are not already U.S. citizens. USCIS officers abroad also look for fraud in visa applications and provide technical immigration advice to other U.S. government officials. – CBC News

There will be more news in the upcoming days about the termination date for these 23 offices.

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