US immigration agency to close international office in PH, other countries

US immigration agency to close international office in PH, other countries

Homeland Security Department is moving to closing immigration offices outside the US which includes the Philippines, saying it is likely to free up millions of dollars a year to better address a backlog in domestic locations.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services spokeswoman Jessica Collins held Tuesday that the visa-granting agency is in primary discussions to close offices in 20 countries outside the US.

There are around 70 personnel in its offices in Great Britain, Mexico, South Africa, Italy, India, the Philippines, China and other countries.

Collins utters the agency will work thoroughly with the State Department to evade disruptions to services abroad.

Organizations counting Amnesty International and Human Rights First disapproved the move saying that closing international offices would mean fewer services for immigrants.

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