On July 25, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will bring information services to Douglas for the first time, to assist Cochise County residents in their immigration journeys.
This visit will be the first of monthly visits during a six-month pilot that the USCIS Tucson Field Office is conducting in partnership with Cochise County Supervisors, who will provide space 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 three 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.”
USCIS officers will be in Douglas two days each month through December 2012, to provide local information services. During the six-month pilot, Cochise County residents can schedule an appointment in Douglas or in Tucson if they cannot wait for the USCIS days in Douglas.
Douglas accounts for approximately five percent of InfoPass appointments at the Tucson Field Office and seven percent of the applications filed. USCIS, an agency within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, is committed to helping immigrants get direct answers about immigration benefits.
For more information on USCIS and its programs, please visit www.uscis.gov, call (800) 375- 5283 or follow us on Twitter (@uscis), YouTube (/uscis) and the USCIS blog The Beacon.