As a citizenship and deportation attorney based in Boston, I’m sad to report that 2009 could mark the beginning of the end of the JFK Federal Building as the “immigration building.” According to US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS, formerly the INS) Boston District Director Denis Riordan, USCIS tentatively plans to move the Boston Office from the JFK Building due to space constraints. Director Riordan told the New England Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) that new potential sites for the USCIS Boston Office include Quincy, Brockton, and South Boston. However, Director Riordan suggested that the move may not happen if USCIS can arrange more space at the JFK Federal Building.
In 2009, a new USCIS Field Office in Lawrence, Massachusetts will open its doors. USCIS broke ground on the facility in April 2008.
The address for the new USCIS Lawrence Field Office will be:
USCIS Lawrence Field Office
2 Mills Street
USCIS Lawrence Office will employ 40 people, including a USCIS Director, 2 immigration supervisors and 16 immigration adjudicators. The goal is for USCIS Boston to move about 30% of the immigration caseload to Lawrence, Massachusetts. An immigration interview will be assigned to USCIS Lawrence Office based on the applicant’s zip code. Director Riordan seemed particularly enthusiastic that USCIS was locating its new office in Lawrence, given this city’s large immigrant community.