UNITED STATES CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES INTERNATIONAL OFFICE CLOSURES:
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SUBJ//UNITED STATES CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES INTERNATIONAL OFFICE
AMPN/REF A IS THE UNITED STATES CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES
(USCIS) WEBSITE, WHICH CONTAINS UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION CONCERNING
INTERNATIONAL IMMIGRATION OFFICE CLOSURES.//
RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN announces the closure of multiple United States
Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) international offices as
announced by the USCIS in September 2019. These closures directly impact
Sailors and their non-US citizen family members requiring USCIS assistance
outside the continental U.S.
2. USCIS has closed four offices and plans to close thirteen additional
offices by 31 July 2020. Reference (a) contains the most up-to-date
information concerning USCIS international office closures. Although many
overseas USCIS offices will close, USCIS will continue to support the
immigration and naturalization needs of Service Members and their eligible
family members as detailed below.
3. USCIS will issue current applicants with pending overseas applications,
Form I-797C Notice of Action notifying them that their cases were transferred
to USCIS offices in Washington, D.C. or Guam. The Form I-797C will identify
the case transfer location, date of transfer and other information about the
status of pending applications, including notices of receipt, rejections, re-
openings, rescheduling and appointments for fingerprinting, biometrics
capture and interviews.
4. For Service Member immigration support, USCIS will conduct quarterly on-
site visits to meet with Service Members and their families at four overseas
military installations: Camp Humphreys, South Korea, United States Fleet
Activities Yokosuka, Japan, U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart, Germany and Naval
Support Activity Naples, Italy. USCIS began its quarterly visits to Camp
Humphreys and Yokosuka in the first quarter of Fiscal Year 2020 (FY-20).
USCIS plans to begin its quarterly visits to Stuttgart and Naples in the
second quarter of FY-20. Exact dates TBD.
5. This issue impacts military readiness. Commanders and commanding
officers are directed to:
a. Provide Sailors and their family members the maximum command support
practicable to ensure their presence at required in-person visits to USCIS
designated on-site locations.
b. Encourage Sailors who gain a foreign national family member through
marriage, birth or adoption during an overseas tour of duty to submit
immigration applications before their overseas tour ends to help ensure their
family member is eligible to legally enter the U.S.
c. Advise Sailors stationed overseas in receipt of orders for stateside
assignments that, if they have not previously done so, they must obtain USCIS
approval for their family member(s) to enter the U.S. as immigrants.
Specifically, Sailors should be encouraged to file a Form I-130 Petition for
Alien Relative concurrent with enrollment of a dependent into the Defense
Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System. Failure to do so may prevent a
family member from accompanying the Sailor to the U.S. at the end of the
overseas tour of duty.
d. Encourage non-citizen Sailors seeking U.S. citizenship to begin the
naturalization process as soon as possible prior to leaving the U.S. for an
overseas assignment or deployment. Ensure Sailors stationed in the U.S. who
are selected for overseas assignments are aware that non-citizen family
members may not be able to accompany them or travel to overseas assignment
locations if the family member(s) have not completed USCIS requirements prior
e. Advise Sailors with overseas orders or pending deployment to expedite
the naturalization process by including a cover page with their application
stating, I am deploying overseas.
6. For more information regarding USCIS office closures and helpful steps to
simplify USCIS processing, please visit
19.pdf. Questions concerning USCIS international office closures should be
directed to the nearest Region Legal Service Office (RLSO). A RLSO locator
is available at www.jag.navy.mil.
Additionally, applicants can obtain case-specific information by calling the
USCIS Military Help Line at (877) CIS-4MIL (877) 247- 4645, TTY (800) 877-
8339, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. E-mail is the
recommended method of contact for ease of communications and applicant record
7. Points of contact. The Legal Assistance Division, Office of the Judge
Advocate General (Code 16) retains oversight responsibility for the U.S. Navy
Naturalization Program. Advice and assistance regarding naturalization laws,
regulations and procedures are available at (202) 685-4639/DSN 325 or via e-
mail at email@example.com.
8. This NAVADMIN will remain in effect until superseded or canceled, or
whichever occurs first.
9. Released by Vice Admiral John B. Nowell, Jr, N1.//