Immigration and citizenship lawyers will likely see another change for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS)–this time in Rhode Island. The USCIS Providence Office is scheduled to move to a new facility in Johnston, Rhode Island in 2009. I plan to post the address of this new Rhode Island immigration office on this immigration blog as soon as it becomes available.
As a Boston immigration lawyer, I am disappointed to see USCIS move immigration cases in Massachusetts from Boston to Lawrence, MA. And I’m also sad to see USCIS leave Providence, the capital and largest city in Rhode Island, for a distant locale. But there is good news for anyone in Rhode Island thinking of applying for US citizenship. USCIS has requested the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island for permission to conduct naturalization oath ceremonies in the new Johnston Rhode Island immigration office. With more citizenship ceremonies, applicants for citizenship in Rhode Island should get their citizenship applications processed more quickly. Also, unlike the USCIS Lawrence MA Office, the new USCIS immigration office in Johnston, Rhode Island will at least offer parking.