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A New USCIS Field Office Opens in Massachusetts

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) yesterday opened the state’s only field office outside Boston, in Lawrence, where immigrants in Northern and Central Massachusetts can apply for work permits, green cards, citizenship, and other immigration related benefits.

The Globe reported that in Massachusetts, citizenship applications declined by almost half since 2007, to 15,652 this year. Green card applications dropped from 10,266 in 2007 to 7,970 this budget year which ends on September 30th.

Associated Press reported that as a result of the poor economy the federal government is collecting $282 million less than expected from the fee increases this budget year. It remains to be seen whether this large shortfall will result in another round of fee increases or not.

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Written by MithrasLaw

September 16, 2009 at 2:22 pm

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