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Closure of USCIS field offices could affect family immigration

Immigration Services

It is already known that there is a serious backlog in processing applications of those wishing to obtain visas that would allow them to reside in the U.S. and those seeking U.S. citizenship. Family immigration is important to many in Kentucky who have loved ones living abroad, as is permitting individuals to reside in the U.S. as refugees or as U.S. citizens. However, recently proposed changes by the federal government could further exasperate the current backlog of such cases.

The federal government is in preliminary discussions to close 23 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) field offices in 20 countries. The services these offices offered would be delegated to the State Department and some cases will be delegated to U.S. embassies and consulates in other countries.

The federal government claims that doing so would save the U.S. millions of dollars annually. However, others believe that these closures would negatively affect refugees, relatives of U.S. citizens seeking entry into the U.S. and those seeking military citizenship, among others. Currently, USCIS field offices help individuals who are seeking foreign adoptions, family reunification visas and applications for refugee status, among other duties.

It remains to be seen just how these closures would affect those living abroad who seek entry into the U.S. It is more important than ever that those seeking refugee status, visas or U.S. citizenship submit all the necessary paperwork containing all the information necessary to achieve their goals. Immigration law can be complex, which is why those who face immigration legal issues may need to learn more about their options.

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