USCIS brings 'Immigration Information Services' to Douglas | News
Pilot program for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is coming to Douglas this month.
The USCIS will be bringing their information services to Douglas for the first time, to assist residents of Cochise county with their immigration needs. The pilot program allows residents to make an appointment to be seen by USCIS while they are in the county. Starting July 11, residents can book free local appointments online at www.uscis.gov for the USCIS visit on July 25 and 26.
These dates will be the first of monthly visits, during the 6 month pilot program. This program is a partnership between the USCIS Tucson Field office and Cochise County Supervisors, who are also providing space for these meetings at the new Douglas Government Service Center.
“We know that it is sometimes difficult for people who reside in Cochise County to find accurate information immigration assistance or information locally,” said USCIS Tucson Field Director Al Gallmann. “For some people it takes 3 hours by car to come into the USCIS Tucson office for general information. We are conducting this pilot because USCIS is committed to helping immigrants, even in our remote communities, to obtain the benefits for which they qualify.”
These meetings will continue for the next six months, with two visits each month, to help provide local information services for immigration issues. Another option for Cochise County residents, during this six month pilot program, is to schedule an appointment for the Tucson Field Office, if they cannot wait for the USCIS days in Douglas.
Douglas accounts for over 5 percent of InfoPass appointments at the Tucson Field Office and seven percent of the applications filed, thus the need for this new pilot program. For more information on USCIS and its programs, please visit www.uscis.gov or call (800)375-5283.