USCIS To Permanently Close Manila Field Office, NOT EMBASSY

06 Jun 2019

US Embassy Manila PhilippinesOn July 5th, 2019, USCIS will permanently close its field office in Manila, Philippines, as part of the Trump Administration’s efforts to reduce legal immigration. After this date, there will be no USCIS international field office located in the Philippines.

The office began redirecting Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, to the USCIS Lockbox on May 14, 2019. For U.S. citizens residing in the Philippines that used to qualify for direct consular filing (DCF) will now need to submit their petitions by mail with the USCIS lockbox facility in Chicago.

The USCIS field office’s services included refugee applications, initial review of family reunification visas and foreign adoptions. They also considered parole requests from people outside the U.S. for urgent humanitarian reasons and processed naturalization documents for military members who marry foreign nationals.

USCIS has posted a detailed arrangement on where each application should be sent to after the office closes.

The U.S. Embassy in Manila also announced that they will assume responsibility for certain limited services previously provided by USCIS to individuals residing in the Philippines.

To clarify and alleviate fears, the USCIS field office is not the same as the U.S. Embassy. The US Embassy in Manila is still open for business, and processing visa interviews. The closing of the USCIS field office will not affect current ongoing family visas.


Tagalog:

US Embassy Manila PhilippinesSa July 5, 2019, permanenteng isara ng USCIS ang field office nito sa Manila, Philippines, bilang bahagi ng pagsisikap ng administrasyong Trump upang mabawasan ang legal na imigrasyon. Matapos ang petsang ito, wala nang USCIS international field office na matatagpuan sa Pilipinas.

Ang opisina ay nagsimulang mag-redirect ng Mga Forms I-130, Petisyon para sa Alien Relative, sa USCIS Lockbox noong May 14, 2019. Para sa mga US citizens na naninirahan sa Pilipinas na pwede mag file para sa Direct Consular Filing (DCF) ay kailangan nang mag padala nang kanilang petisyon or application deretso sa USCIS lockbox facility sa Chicago USA.

Kasama sa mga serbisyo ng USCIS field office ay ang pag tanggap ng mga refugee applications, unang pagsusuri ng mga visa para sa family reunification at sa foreign adoptions. Itinuturing din nila ang mga parole request applications mula sa mga taong nakatira sa labas ng U.S, for humanitarian reason at ang pag proproseso ng mga naturalization applications para sa mga miyembro ng militar na nakapag asawa ng mga dayuhan.

Ang USCIS ay nag bigay ng isang detalyadong instraksyon kung saan dapat ipadala ang mga petitions pagkatapos mag sara ang USCIS field office.

Ipinahayag din ng US Embassy sa Manila na gagawin nila ang responsibilidad para sa ilang limitadong serbisyo na ibinigay ng USCIS sa mga indibidwal na naninirahan sa Pilipinas.

Para sa paglilinaw, ang USCIS field office at U.S embassy ay mg kaiba. Bukas pa rin ang US Embassy sa Manila para sa pag poproseso ng visa at pagsasagawa ng interbyu. Ang pagsasara ng filed office ng USCIS ay hindi makakaapekto sa kasalukuyang mga family visa applications.

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