International U.S. Immigration Offices to Close
Part of consolidation measure with DHS and embassies
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will close all 21 international offices, according to an announcement by Director L. Francis Cisna in an email to agency staffers on Tuesday. The move is intended to consolidate services from the Department of Homeland Security into U.S. embassies and stateside offices.
“I believe by doing so, we will better leverage our funds to address backlogs in the United States also leveraging existing Department of State resources at a post,” Cisna wrote. “Change can be difficult and can cause consternation. I want to assure you we will work to make this as smooth a transition as possible for each of our USCIS staff, while ensuring that those utilizing our services may continue to do so and our agency operations continue undisrupted.”
- For the approximately 70 employees of the agency’s international offices as they face relocation.
About cost-cutting measures intended to streamline immigration services.