JACKSON HOLE, WYO — US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is holding a free immigration information session in Jackson this week.
USCIS Denver Field Office Director Andy Lambrecht will discuss employment information, how to file for a green card, waivers, information modernization and online tools, and information for employers. Free materials will be given to those interested.
A spokesperson for USCIS stressed with Buckrail that this event is in no way connected with ICE or any immigration and customs enforcement in any way—an allegation confirmed with local attorney Elizabeth Trefonas, whose office specializes in immigration law.
“USCIS not an enforcement agency. It does not have the ability to arrest and detain. It’s just not their function,” Trefonas said.
Recognizing libraries play an important role in providing information about the immigration process and serving immigrant communities, USCIS partners with libraries when visiting communities.
The USCIS Denver office will be in Jackson providing services May 22 and 23 to people who live in and around Jackson. Representatives from the office will be set up in the Ordway Auditorium at the Teton County Library.
USCIS will also host an information meeting that is open to the public on the evening of May 23. This will be held from 6-8pm in the Ordway Auditorium at the library.
Trefonas did say a recent change in administration policy could result in applications for citizenship being red-flagged if they contain fraudulent information, meaning applicants could be issued a notice to appear in front of a judge at a later time to answer to any inconsistencies and the like.
“Whether ICE would show up at an event like this is anyone’s guess. They do not announce when they are coming to Jackson,” Trefonas said, adding that Immigrations and Customs Enforcement officers have not previously conducted any sweeps at USCIS events. “You will not be asked for ID, nor should you offer any information to someone you do not know.”
Event organizers say there will be no IDs or status checked. This evening is all about answering questions and providing information.
The USCIS visit is informational and celebratory in nature. A few “textbook” applications for citizenry processed through Trefonas Law were selected by the agency for green card review, according to Trefonas.
In addition, there will be a naturalization ceremony held by the US District Court of Wyoming at Grand Teton National Park on Friday, May 24 at 10:00am.
The Teton County Library has USCIS education materials and training resources to check out and use individually.
USCIS is the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States. For information on how to become a U.S. citizen, please visit uscis.gov/citizenship. For additional information on USCIS and its programs, please visit uscis.gov or follow us on Twitter (@uscis), YouTube (/uscis) and Facebook (/uscis).
Want to know more before you go? Contact Lori McCune at 208-709-0131 or email her. McCune is with Immigrant Hope – Wyoming Idaho.
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