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AILA Doc. No. 19053131 | Dated August 15, 2019
August 9, 2019
USCIS announced that it plans to maintain operations at its international field offices in Beijing and Guangzhou, China; Nairobi, Kenya; New Delhi, India; Guatemala City, Guatemala; Mexico City, Mexico; and San Salvador, El Salvador. USCIS plan to close the remaining 13 international field offices and three district offices between now and August 2020. The next planned closures are the field offices in Monterrey, Mexico, and Seoul, South Korea, at the end of September.
USCIS will close its international offices, starting with Ciudad Juarez, Mexico and Manila in the Philippines. All offices, including the main district offices for the separate regions, are scheduled to close by March 10, 2020. Watch this page as AILA tracks which offices are closed.
According to BuzzFeed, in September 2019, the Monterrey, Mexico, office is projected to close, as well as the station in Seoul, South Korea. By the end of January 2020, the majority of the offices, including those in Mexico City, London, Athens, and Guatemala City, are slated to cease operations. All offices, including the main district offices for the separate regions, are scheduled to close by March 10, 2020.
USCIS's 23 International Offices are in 20 countries around the globe as part of the International Operations Division (IO), a component of the Refugee, Asylum, and International Operations Directorate (RAIO).
Effective September 1, 2019, the USCIS Seoul Field Office will no longer process Form N-400, Form N-600, or Form N-600K for overseas military personnel and qualified family members. As of the effective date, the Guam Field Office will assume responsibility for these cases. Officers from the Guam Field Office will travel to Asia Pacific locations as necessary.
New Cases Filed After Seoul Field Office Closure:
Cases Currently Pending with the USCIS Seoul Field Office:
The USCIS Seoul Field Office may not be able to complete adjudication of pending Form N-400, Form N-600, and Form N-600K applications for overseas military personnel and qualified family members. Those cases have been transferred to the Guam Field Office to complete processing.
USCIS will issue a Form I-797C, Notice of Action for cases that have been transferred to the Guam Field Office. Please refer to the Notice of Action for additional information or contact the Guam Field Office by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
USCIS has a toll-free military help line, 877-CIS-4MIL (877-247-4645), TTY (800) 877-8339 and e-mail address at email@example.com exclusively for current members of the military and their families as well as veterans. USCIS representatives are available to answer calls Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm (CT), excluding federal holidays.
Members of the U.S. armed forces and their families stationed in the U.S. or overseas may access the help line using the toll-free number through their base telephone operator or using the Defense Switched Network (DSN).
Cite as AILA Doc. No. 19053131.