U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will soon open new field offices in Doha, Qatar, and Ankara, Turkey to enhance refugee processing, strategic partnerships, and interagency cooperation.
USCIS Director Ur M. Jaddou stated, “These new offices in the Middle East support the Biden-Harris administration’s goals for safe and orderly migration and family reunification, expanding our humanitarian mission and the integrity of the U.S. immigration system.”
The Biden-Harris administration has set the refugee admissions ceiling for fiscal year 2024 at 125,000. The new offices will bolster the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program in the region and support the expanding refugee processing activities.
Both Qatar and Turkey are critical regional hubs for refugee processing. The USCIS Doha Field Office will operate from the U.S. embassy at Camp As Sayliyah, with public appointments also available at the embassy. The Ankara Field Office will be located within the U.S. Embassy in Ankara.
USCIS staff at these locations will take over responsibilities for processing the Refugee/Asylee Relative Petition (Form I-730), assist with fraud detection, and offer other limited services by appointment only. Updates on these offices, their services, and appointment scheduling will be available on the USCIS International Immigration Offices webpage.
With these openings on May 7, 2024, for Doha, and May 9, 2024, for Ankara, USCIS will expand its global presence to 11 international offices. Other locations include Beijing, Guangzhou, Guatemala City, Havana, Mexico City, Nairobi, New Delhi, San Salvador, and Tegucigalpa.