USCIS West Palm Beach Field Office
|United States Citizenship and Immigration Services West Palm Beach Field Office|
|Town or city||9300 Belvedere Road, Royal Palm Beach, Florida|
|Client||Glades County, Florida, Hendry County, Florida, Highlands County, Florida, Indian River County, Florida, Martin County, Florida, Okeechobee County, Florida, Palm Beach County, Florida, St. Lucie County, Florida|
|Size||Length - 270 feet (82 m), Width - 155 feet (47 m), Area of main building - 41,850 square feet (3,888 m2), Area of maintenance building 525 square feet (48.8 m2)|
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) West Palm Beach Field Office replaced a hodge podge of USCIS offices mainly located in nearby West Palm Beach, Florida. The new center was officially opened August 13, 2009. The new Field Office (actually in Royal Palm Beach) is located on the south side of Belvedere Road amongst a variety of office and commercial buildings. It has free parking, something that some of the previous buildings in West Palm Beach did not have. Directly south of the building is a long rectangular man-made pond that serves as a drainage basin for the area.
This USCIS Field Office handles a variety of immigration issues, including naturalization to become United States citizens (including the oath of citizenship ceremonies) and imterim employment authorization cards for persons who are waiting for their cases to be resolved. This center processes immigration cases for eight Florida counties (Glades, Hendry, Highlands, Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee, Palm Beach and St. Lucie).
As of February 2013, this Field Office was the third-busiest in Florida in having appointments concerning temporary protected status applications, with 6,325 persons applying for this status. Of the 40,130 case nationwide, 30,895 were in Florida. Temporary protected status gives those without immigration papers the right to be in the United States on a temporary basis.
- Jason Parsley, "USCIS to open new office in RPB Thursday," August 12, 2009, Wellington Forum online, at http://blogs.trb.com/community/news/wellington_forum/2009/08/uscis_to_open_new_office_in_rp.html .
- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website, https://egov.uscis.gov/crisgwi/go?action=offices.detail&office=WPB&OfficeLocator.office_type=LO&OfficeLocator.statecode=FL .
- USCIS website.
- Dianna Smith, "Haitians face dedline for protected status," May 10, 2010, Palm Beach Post online, at http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/news/haitians-face-deadline-for-protected-status/nL6qb/ .