For people looking to immigrate to the U.S., The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is the most relevant government department. The USCIS is a federal agency under the department of homeland security and it processes the applications of all non-asylum seekers.
The main source of information is the USCIS website. Besides providing information on citizenship, the website enables you to explore your immigration options. The website also provides a variety of useful case-related services such as form filling, case status check, filing fee calculator, and inquiries.
USCIS Field Offices
The USCIS field offices are where applicants go to get interviewed, receive their citizenship, etc. These field offices are present at different locations within the country and overseas. Within the U.S., the offices are split by Districts. Out of the 26 districts in the U.S., three –Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio – are present in the state of Texas. A district may have multiple field offices.
The Harlingen Field Office
The Harlingen field office is in the San Antonio District at the following address:
Harlingen (HLG) 1717 Zoy Street Harlingen, TX 78552
The USCIS office serves the following areas:
Case Processing Times
The USCIS website provides an online tool for the case processing times at its field offices. Given below at three processing times at the Harlingen Field Office obtained using this tool:
- Naturalization (N-400): 7 months to 13 months
- Certificate of Citizenship (N-600): 6.5 months to 16 months
- Citizenship and Issuance of Certificate Under Section 322 (N-600K): 6.5 months to 25.5 months
It’s important to note here that the processing time you receive may be in the form of a time range, as given above, or in the standard way. The times are usually updated monthly. You can learn more about processing times from the following section.
Field Office Appointments
To visit the Harlingen field office, you first have to make an appointment as walk-ins are not allowed at USCIS offices. The number to call for information is 800-375-5283. There’s also the InfoPass system for making appointments. However, this system is no longer available to people living inside the U.S. The following page contains information about appointments.
There are several options to get more information from the USCIS. There’s an online virtual assistant called Emma that answers questions based on the topic you enter. The information is available in English and Spanish.
There’s also a 24-hour automated phone system for general questions asked in English or Spanish. The number to dial for automated help is the same as the one for appointments.
If you’re looking for information, then it’s best to check the USCIS site first because it covers most topics. Besides English and Spanish, some information is available in other languages, including Arabic, Chinese, Braille, etc. Also, before applying, make sure you locate the field office serving your area.