Local USCIS Office in Portland, Maine

Local USCIS Office in Portland, Maine

Immigrants living in the U.S. and territories submit their immigration applications to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The federal agency interviews applicants at field offices located near those applicants. Depending on your location, the office may be in your State or neighboring State.

Regardless of the location, certain policies apply. For instance, you cannot visit without scheduling that visit with the agency. The USCIS Contact Center schedules and reschedules appointments. Note that the timings of the office may be different on your appointment day if something unusual, like bad weather, happens.

There are also some restrictions in place for visitors, including no photographs or recordings, except for citizenship ceremonies; phone on silent in the waiting area and switched off during a meeting; no firearms and ammo and other weapons such as knives and pepper spray.

The Portland Field Office

The Portland field office is the only field location in Maine. In the USCIS system, the office comes in the Boston District and Northeast Region. The District office also has jurisdiction over areas in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. The address of the field location is as follows:

Portland (POM) 176 Gannett Drive South Portland, ME 04106

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The field location serves the whole the State of Maine. You can confirm the current address of the field office using the following tool provided on the USCIS site.

Case Processing Times

Processing times not only vary with the form type but also the location processing the application. The USCIS regularly updates processing times online and allows you to search using the form and office name. There are currently two methods in use for estimating processing durations. The new method, currently going through its trial phase, involves estimating the time for half and over ninety percent (93%) of the applications. Here are three examples of this method from the Portland field office:

  • N-400 (Naturalization): 11 to 17.5 months
  • N-600 (Certificate of Citizenship): 6 to 15 months
  • N-600K (Citizenship and Issuance of Certificate): 10 to 23.5 months

Since these are the durations for concluding nearly all, not all, of the cases, a small percentage of submissions may take longer. The course of action for delays is to submit an e-request for information. But, before this, you should check the case inquiry date and instructions for submitting e-requests given with your processing time. After submitting your application, you can follow its progress online with the Receipt Number the agency provides.

Permanent Resident Card and Visa Fee

It may take up to 90 days from the day you make your immigrant visa fee payment to get your permanent resident card if you paid after entering the U.S. If you paid before entering, then it may take up to 90 days from the date of entry.

The USCIS encourages you to pay your immigrant after receiving your visa and before departing. You can pay the visa fee online, and you can also ask your relative, attorney, friend, or accredited representative to make the payment. More information about the fee, including how to pay and available exemptions, is available here.

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