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USCIS to close most of its international field offices

  1. Date Announced

    March 12, 2019

    USCIS reportedly "told senior staff members this week that the international division, which has operations in more than 20 countries, would close down by the end of the year...The overseas division provides logistical assistance to American citizens, lawful permanent residents and refugees seeking to bring family members to the United States; people who have been persecuted and wish to resettle in the United States; Americans who adopt children internationally; and members of the military and their families applying for citizenship. It also plays a crucial role in immigration fraud detection." [ID #73]

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  3. Subsequent Action

    August 9, 2019

    USCIS announced that it plans to maintain operations at its international field offices in Beijing, Guangzhou, Nairobi, New Delhi, Guatemala City, Mexico City, and San Salvador. USCIS plans to close the remaining 13 international field offices and three district offices by August 2020.

    USCIS Will Adjust International Footprint to Seven Locations
Status: Final/Actual
Type of Action: Change in Practice
Agencies Affected: USCIS

Prior Policies

  • The International Operations Division (IO) is the component of USCIS’ Refugee, Asylum, and International Operations Directorate (RAIO) that is charged with advancing the USCIS mission in the international arena. Reuniting families, enabling adoptive children to come to join permanent families in the U.S., considering parole requests from individuals outside the U.S. for urgent humanitarian reasons or significant public benefit, and providing information services and travel documents to people around the world – all with unique needs and circumstances – are just a few of the responsibilities our officers assume on a daily basis. Operating in a dynamic global environment with constantly changing political, cultural, environmental, and socio-economic contexts, IO has approximately 240 employees located in the U.S. and in three international districts composed of 24 field offices in 21 countries.

    USCIS: International Operations

Subsequent Action

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