U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on December 18, 2012, that it will permanently close its field office in Panama City, Panama, on February 1, 2013. The Panama City Field Office had jurisdiction over USCIS applications and petitions from Panama, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, French Guiana, and Suriname. After February 1, 2013, these countries will be in the jurisdiction of existing USCIS field offices, as follows:

  • Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, French Guiana, and Suriname will be in the jurisdiction of the USCIS Field Office in Lima, Peru.
  • Panama will be in the jurisdiction of the USCIS Field Office in San Salvador, El Salvador.
  • After February 1, 2013, applications or petitions previously accepted at the Panama City Field Office should be filed as directed in the announcement here.