Oregon Public Broadcasting

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officially opened its Portland Field Office Monday. Improvements to the Northwest Portland building cost $3 million.

Sharon Rummery, the public affairs officer for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, says "We naturalize around 50 people a day in this office four days a week. So, that is about 200 people who are getting their citizenship in nice surroundings and comfortable surroundings with their families nearby. It's more pleasant."

Rummery says the biggest change is an in-house Application Support Center. It can take fingerprints and photographs as part of the application process.

The new office is located on Northwest Overton Street in Portland.

This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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