A big bomb was dropped on July 5, 2019 when the United States’ Embassy in the Philippines announced that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office in Manila will be closing permanently.
In a statement posted on Facebook on Monday, the U.S. Embassy said that the USCIS office in Manila is no longer accepting new applications and petitions and those who were previously assisted by the immigration office must follow new filing instructions.
According to PhilStar, The US Embassy also disclosed that the shutter of the USCIS in Manila was due to “insufficient workload.”
“USCIS is working better to leverage funds to address backlogs in the United States while also leveraging existing Department of State resources at post,” Raizen said.
The last day it accepted applications and petitions was on May 31 and it started to redirect petitions for alien relatives (Form I-130) to the USCIS Lockbox as early as May 14.
The Form I-130 is used by citizens or lawful permanent residents of the U.S. who want to establish their relationship with alien relatives who wish to immigrate to the U.S. It is the first step for those who want to help their relatives legally move to the U.S.
“The U.S. Embassy in Manila will assume responsibility for certain limited services previously provided by USCIS to individuals residing in the Philippines,” it added.
In a statement from the USCIS, the U.S. Embassy in Manila will assume responsibility for some services their Manila office previously provided those living in the Philippines and other places like New Guinea, Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Palau, Kiribati, Tuvalu, Fiji, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Samoa, Wallis, Futuna, New Caledonia, Pitcairn Island, Overseas French territories of French Polynesia, and most island nations in the Pacific region that are not covered by the other field offices in the Asia/Pacific District.
The USCIS website also provided information on the new filing instructions for services to be offered by the U.S. Embassy in Manila, including: