Lawful immigration to the U.S. is processed by The US Citizenship and Immigration Services USCIS. The federal agency provides a wide range of services, including handling the applications of all non-asylum seekers; providing general immigration information, case-specific information, and resources for immigration test preparation; arranging naturalization ceremonies; online form filing, etc.
The New York City District
The USCIS operates a network of 26 districts across the county, which are located in four regions: Northeast, Central, Western, and Southeast. The state of New York is divided into two districts: District 2: Buffalo and District 3: New York City. The Acting District Director of New York City is Michael Borgen.
New York City Field Office
The NYC USCIS office is administered by acting director Joseph Cardinale, director (AOS) Stephen Rosina, and director (Natz) Joseph Cardinale, and it’s located at:
Jacob K. Javits Federal Building 26 Federal Plaza, 3rd Floor, Room 3-120, New York, NY, 10278
This NYC district office serves the counties of:
Case Processing Times
- Application for Certificate of Citizenship (N-600): New York City: 7.5 months to 16 months
- Application for Naturalization (N-400): New York City: 15.5 months to 18.5 months
- Application for Citizenship and Issuance of Certificate Under Section 322 (N-600K): New York City: 8 months to 23.5 months
For case-specific inquiries, you can use the resources available on the official USCIS website, submit an online inquiry or call the contact center.
Online Resources: The USCIS website is the first place you should check for information and services if you’re looking to apply, following your case, or looking to prepare for a test. The federal agency may have the required service or information on the site so you won’t have to visit the New York City field office.
The tools and resources section of the site contains links to many useful services, including:
File Online: You can file many forms online by creating a free USCIS account. Visit the following page to learn about online filing guidelines and the forms available for online filing. Here are some of these forms:
- Application for Naturalization (N-400)
- Application for Certificate of Citizenship (N-600)
- Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card (I-90)
- Petition for Alien Relative (I-130)
Check Eligibility, Case Status, and Processing Times:
- Eligibility: There are two tools for checking eligibility. There is the Explore My Options tool for checking available immigration options and the naturalization eligibility checker.
- Case Status: By providing your recipient number here, you can check the status of your application, request, or petition.
- Processing Time: By providing your form and USCIS field office name here, you can find the processing time for your case.
The NYC field office doesn’t accept walk-ins. You can make an appointment by calling the Contact Center at 800-375-5283. Before visiting, it’s useful to go through the guidelines for visitors.