US to close citizenship and immigration offices around the world

By Roy Mabasa

The administration of United States President Donald J. Trump is planning to close nearly two-dozen US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) offices around the world, including the Philippines, in a move to save millions of dollars each year.

One World Trade Center and the American Flag are seen from Brooklyn Bridge Park on March 7, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP /MANILA BULLETIN)
One World Trade Center and the American Flag are seen from Brooklyn Bridge Park on March 7, 2019, in New York City. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP /MANILA BULLETIN)

In a report, the USCIS said the plan is currently in “preliminary discussion” and is aimed to delegate its international responsibilities to either the Department of State, to its own personnel in the US, or by various US 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 effort,” reports quoted USCIS Spokesperson Jessica Collins as saying.

Among its responsibilities, the USCIS field offices provide assistance on refugee applications, family reunification visas and foreign adoptions and processing of naturalization documents for military members who marry foreign nationals.

When asked to elaborate on the plan, the US Embassy in Manila instead directed all media queries to the USCIS headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Reports also indicated that the closure of USCIS field offices may occur over the next year.

 
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