U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today plans to maintain operations at its international field offices in Beijing and Guangzhou, China; Nairobi, Kenya; and New Delhi, India. Previously, Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli directed the agency to continue operating in
Guatemala City, Guatemala; Mexico City, Mexico; and San Salvador, El Salvador, as part of a whole-of-government approach to address the crisis at the southern border.
While retaining these seven international offices, USCIS plans to close the remaining thirteen international field offices and three district offices between now and August 2020. The first planned closures are the field offices in Monterrey, Mexico, and Seoul, South Korea, at the end of September.
Beginning July 1, USCIS will no longer accept Form I-407, Record of Abandonment of Lawful Permanent Resident Status at international field offices by mail or in person.
Individuals who wish to voluntarily record abandonment of their lawful permanent resident (LPR) status must submit Form I-407 via mail to:
USCIS Eastern Forms Center
Attn: I-407 unit
124 Leroy Road
PO Box 567
Williston, VT 05495
USCIS anticipates that processing times at the Eastern Forms Center, from receipt to completion, will be within 60 days, which does not include mailing time to or from outside of the United States.
In very rare circumstances, a U.S. embassy, U.S. consulate, or USCIS international field office may accept a Form I-407 in person if an individual needs immediate proof that they have abandoned LPR status.
If you are considering abandoning your LPR status, please speak with an attorney before hand to ensure you understand all of the effects this will have on you and your family.
The Cincinnati Field office is no longer accepting walk-in requests or scheduling InfoPass appointments.
There are still ways to get basic information about immigration services and ask questions about your case online without an office visit or a phone call. If you have a question about a pending application, you can:
- Check you case status with our system
- Check your case status
- Change your address online
- Check case processing times
- Ask about a case outside of normal processing times
- Sign up for automatic updates on your case
If you have general immigration questions, you can:
- Schedule an appointment to meet with an attorney
- Ask Emma, our virtual assistant
- Explore immigration options
- Learn how to apply for many benefits
- Find free forms
- File certain forms online
If you need help with document services (such as passport stamps and advance parole) or have an emergency, call the USCIS Contact Center at 1-800-375-5283. USCIS representatives are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern except on federal holidays.
There have been a rash of cases lately where pro se people are being denied summarily for failure to have the correct birth certificate in the adjustment packet. It’s pretty sad (and mean) for USCIS to deny cases and take people’s filing fees to the tune of $1225 and then not let them fix simple omissions like a failure to include the proper form of birth certificate (in one case, the entire adjustment was denied at the lock box because the couple put a Canadian short form birth certificate in the packet instead of a long form).