Rep. Maloney Hails Opening of New Queens Immigration Office

Jan 23, 2012
Press Release

Long Island City, NY – On Friday, U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Queens, Manhattan) joined U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Alejandro Mayorkas, New York District Director Andrea Quarantillo, Commissioner Fatima Shama of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan, Assemblywoman Grace Meng, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, Councilman Daniel Dromm, and Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras at the opening of the new USCIS office in Long Island City – the first facility of its kind in New York City outside of Manhattan. 

“Queens residents will now be able to access the immigration services they need in the comfort of their own neighborhood.  With multiple lines of subway and bus access, this center is significantly more convenient for the residents of Queens and Brooklyn than the previous service center in Garden City, Long Island,” said Congresswoman Maloney.  “By using innovative, high-tech tools, this new immigration office will be able to serve up to five hundred customers per day.  I commend Director Mayorkas and District Director Quarantillo for their leadership, and I salute all the employees of USCIS for their hard work and dedication to the ideals of this nation.  Queens has long been the melting pot not only of New York, but of America -- and in opening this new office, USCIS is paying tribute to this great tradition and making life a little easier for thousands of Queens residents and their loved ones."

The new USCIS Queens center, located at 27-35 Jackson Avenue in Long Island City, will serve up to 500 customers from Queens and Brooklyn every day.  The center will incorporate both a full service Field Office and an Application Support Center; this will mean customers will not have to go to separate locations for fingerprinting and biometrics.

The new high-tech service center in Queens is part of a national USCIS effort to increase accessibility and convenience for its customers.  Prior to the opening of this new center, residents of Queens had to travel to the USCIS Field Office in Garden City, Long Island.

The new center will be open Monday through Friday from 7am to 3:30pm, except federal holidays.