The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is a federal agency operating under the dept. of homeland security. The federal agency provides its services through its official website, offices spread across the country and overseas, and its phone service.
The USCIS site provides many online services and detailed information on several topics including, green card, citizenship, form filing fees, immigration options, case processing times, case updates, etc.
Field offices handle the interview process for all non-asylum seekers. Besides interviews, the offices also provide naturalization ceremonies and services that support the online website.
The Brooklyn Field Office
The network of USCIS offices is divided into regions and districts. Residents of Brooklyn are interviewed at the Queens Field Office, located in District 3: New York City and administered by field office district director Timothy Houghton. The office is present at the following address:
Jacob K. Javits Federal Building 26 Federal Plaza (Lafayette Street entrance) 9th Floor, Room 901 New York, NY 10278
USCIS Visitor Policy and Field Office Information
Before taking the trip from Brooklyn to the Queens Field Office, it’s useful to go through the guidelines and general information for visitors:
- All visitors must have an appointment for their visit. You can schedule an appointment by calling the contact center at 800-375-5283.
- The office may be closed or have different work hours on the day of your appointment. Check the status of the field office from the following page before visiting. You can reschedule your appointment by calling the contact center.
- If you’ve received a request for an interview or another notice from an office other than the one you went to, it may be because your office moved part of your application process to that office for quicker delivery. (This won’t affect where you go for your biometrics, as the location closest to you will be the venue for your biometric appointment.)
Visit the following section of the USCIS site for more information on visiting a field office.
Case Processing Times
The USCIS gives case processing times as a range instead of one number. The first number mentioned in the range is the duration in which the agency handles 50% of the cases, and the second number indicates the duration in which it manages 93% of the total. The processing times for Brooklyn, NY, are as follows.
- Application for Certificate of Citizenship (N-600): 8 months to 22.5 months
- Application for Naturalization (N-400): 16.5 months to 24.5 months
- Application for Citizenship and Issuance of Certificate Under Section 322 (N-600K): 8 months to 23.5 months
These are the times for three popular applications. The processing times tool enables you to find the time for various other forms according to the location of the field office. For those applicants who can’t find their form from the tool, the USCIS says that their goal is to decide within 6 months.
You can make a ‘case outside normal processing time’ inquiry if the receipt date given on your recipient is earlier than the ‘receipt date for a case inquiry.’ You can find this date below the processing times when you use the processing times tool. If your application type isn’t listed by the tool, then you should wait 6 months before inquiring, according to the USCIS.