“Insufficient Workload” Shut Down Manila Immigration Office

According to a report published on GMA NEWS Online, “insufficient workload” caused the US Citizenship and Immigration Services to close its office in Manila on July 5. First of all, that statement came from US embassy spokesperson Molly Koscina on Thursday.

The embassy will assume responsibility for some of the immigration services previously provided by the USCIS in Manila.

“USCIS will close the Manila Field Office on July 5, 2019, due to insufficient workload,” Koscina said.

“USCIS will transition Forms I-407 and I-130 to domestic and electronic processing, respectively. These two form types account for approximately 65% of the office’s workload,” she added.

I-407, Record of Abandonment of Lawful Permanent Resident Status

From the USCIS website: Use this form to let us know you are voluntarily abandoning your status as a lawful permanent resident (LPR) of the United States. We will update your records to show you are no longer an LPR.

I-130, Petition for Alien Relative

Again, from the USCIS website: Use this form if you are a citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States who needs to establish their relationship to certain alien relatives who wish to immigrate to the United States.

The USCIS in Manila stopped accepting family visa applications, foreign adoptions and citizenship petitions on May 31.


Author: The Kano

POST AUTHOR: "THE KANO." Dave DeWall, "The Kano", is the Publisher & Editor-in-Chief of "Philippines Plus" in publication since August 2009. He is also the CEO of Lizard Poop Productions and author of the best-selling guide book "The Philippines Expat Advisor." Dave moved to the Philippines in July 2009 from Central Illinois with his lovely wife of over 19 years, "The Sainted Patient Wife." The couple reside in a rural province in Western Visayas, Guimaras. The small island province is said to have the sweetest mangoes in the world. They do not have any children but are the proud owners of eight active canines, including a Belgian Shepherd called "Killer" "Killer" has bitten five people in the last two years along with one goat and a carabao. "Killer" doesn't like strangers. Or goats. Or carabaos.