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New USCIS Field Office In Houston Serves 30 Texas Counties

Located in north Houston, it has more than 65,000 square feet of space and welcomes approximately 500 customers daily.

Daniel Renaud, USCIS Associate Director of Field Operations, and other agency personnel did the traditional ribbon cutting at the new Houston field office, which is located at 810 Gears Road, in the north part of town.
Daniel Renaud, USCIS Associate Director of Field Operations (Center), and other agency personnel did the traditional ribbon cutting at the new Houston field office, which is located at 810 Gears Road, in the north part of town.

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, USCIS, has a new office in Houston.

The new Houston facility serves 30 Texas counties, including Harris and surrounding counties like Brazoria, Chambers and Fort Bend.

It became operative in January, but the agency held the grand opening on August 5th.

The official opening was originally scheduled for the spring, but the April floods forced USCIS to postpone it.

The new office serves approximately 500 customers daily and one of the enhancements it offers is that, with more than 65,000 square feet of space, it is bigger than the previous location.

"We have a naturalization ceremony room that can occupy over 400 applicants, if we need to do a naturalization ceremony, we have a much larger waiting room area and we have a triage area," notes Sandra Heathman, USCIS Houston District Director.

Daniel Renaud, USCIS Associate Director of Field Operations, also participated in the event and highlighted Harris County’s diversity.

The office is staffed with federal and contract employees who manage applications for permanent residency and naturalization.

For immigration attorney and former Houston City Council member Gordon Quan, who attended the opening ceremony, it is important for the city to have a state of the art facility where immigrants feel comfortable because "the growth of Houston is based on immigration."

The office is dedicated to the memory of U.S. Army Private Pedro Cano, who fought in World War II. Members of his family also attended the ceremony.

In 2015, the USCIS Houston office naturalized more than 27,000 thousand people.

The facility is located at 810 Gears Road and it is open Monday through Friday, from 7:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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