U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Offices Closing Abroad
The Trump administration is seeking to close nearly two dozen U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) field offices around the world. Currently, the USCIS operates 23 international offices worldwide which includes offices in Latin America, Europe, Africa, and Asia to name a few. According to the agency’s website its goal is to process family visa requests, international adoptions and other tasks, such as helping American citizens who want to bring noncitizen relatives to the U.S., processing refugee applications and enabling overseas citizenship applications. Jessica Collins, the USCIS spokeswoman, stated that, “The goal of any such shift would be to maximize U.S.C.I.S. resources that could then be reallocated, in part, to backlog reduction efforts.” Though many believe that by closing several offices abroad will help with the backlog others fear that it will only create more problems. Nada Sater, an immigration advocate and attorney, stated that, “In my opinion this will create more backlog, in an already backlogged system…If any of the work is given to the field offices in the U.S., it will create more backlog for people who are waiting for some sort of approval from USCIS.” Though it is still unknown the exact effects the overseas offices will have on the current backlog once they’re shutdown it is important to stay updated throughout the process. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this topic please feel free to contact an immigration attorney.