U.S Citizen and Immigration Services office moving downtown in 2017

The U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) office is moving downtown in the spring of 2017 — a center that helps immigrants apply for citizenship and obtain visas to work and study in the U.S.

It will be moving into Marquette Plaza at 250 Marquette Ave.

Many local officials and community advocates had lobbied for moving the center to a transit-friendly, centralized location after another site was proposed for the office in Bloomington. The USCIS office serves immigrants in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and western Wisconsin.

Mayor Betsy Hodges said the new location should make it easier for immigrants to access the resources they need.

“There is nothing easy about building a new life in a foreign country,” she said. “Relocating the USCIS office downtown makes it exponentially easier for our immigrant population to access critical services and demonstrates that we understand the challenges our newest residents face. … I’m thankful to the federal delegation for their understanding and work to make this happen.”

City Council Member Alondra Cano (Ward 9) predicted moving the center to downtown will bring more economic activity to the city.

“Serving over 30,000 clients annually, I’m pleased to see the USCIS offices have chosen our convenient Minneapolis location to provide more accessible services to our thriving immigrant community,” she said.

Council Member Abdi Warsame (Ward 6) also celebrated the news of the office’s plans to relocate downtown.

“I would like to thank our Minnesota delegation for understanding a critical challenge our new Americans face,” he said. “The new location in the heart of our city, will allow Minnesotans who rely on public transportation to continue to have access to the USCIS services they count on.”