- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 29, 2014

ESSEX, Vt. (AP) - The acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is going to be attending the grand opening of the Vermont Service Center’s newest facility in Essex.

USCIS Acting Director Lori Scialabba (SHE’-Lah-ba) will join U.S. General Services Administration Regional Administrator Robert Zarnetske and others on Thursday to mark the opening of the 54,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility.

Citizenship and Immigration Services is an agency of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that is responsible for administering immigration services and benefits.

The Vermont Service Center handles family based petitions; requests for humanitarian visas and a range of benefits related to work petitions for entertainers, athletes, and specialty occupations.