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Biometric Fingerprinting Comes To A Newburgh Site

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The addition of biometric services to a site in Orange County could result in a nearly $2 million savings in the Hudson Valley.

One month after U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services opened their doors at the Newburgh Armory Unity Center, Democratic Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney and Republican state Senator Bill Larkin have announced that Citizenship and Immigration Services will expand to include biometric fingerprinting. Previously, only case status inquiries and general immigration information appointments every two weeks were offered. Sullivan County Commissioner of Jurors George Cook says the new service will save time and money while simultaneously expediting the naturalization process. Each year, more than 3,200 Hudson Valley residents travel to New York City to apply for naturalization, and it is estimated that this costs the Hudson Valley nearly $2 million in lost wages, productivity, and travel expenses.

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