WP: US closes all immigration and nationality offices in 21 countries

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UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — The US Citizenship and Immigrations Services is preparing to close all of its offices in 21 countries.

Functions such as issuing family visas, adopting and processing requests for US citizenship will be redistributed among the embassies and consulates of the United States in the countries concerned, the Washington Post reported on Tuesday referring to Francis internal director of the immigration and citizenship Sissy.

He explained in a circular that the service, with the consent of the State Department, would close its offices in the next few months in order to “try to maximize the depleting resources of the department.” “I believe that in this way we will more successfully apply our funds to solve the queue problem [in the bureau] in the United States and better manage the State Department resources in the field,” the head of the service wrote. He warned that the implementation of the decision is associated with “the occurrence of complications and confusion” among employees.

The US Immigration and Citizenship Service announced in early February that it had decided to close its office in Moscow on March 29.

The office in Athens will take over issues related to immigration from the Russian Federation, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.

The staff of the US Immigration and Citizenship Service numbers about 240 people. They work both in the USA and in other countries.

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