Immigration building in Smith Bay

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is moving its St. Thomas office from Nisky Center to a building that is now under construction in Smith Bay.

ST. THOMAS — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will soon move into a new building in Smith Bay, a department spokeswoman has confirmed to The Daily News.

The agency’s office is in Nisky Center but will move into the under-construction building, according to agency spokeswoman Ana Santiago.

The building, intended to house 23 employees, is near Smith Bay Park and Eastern Cemetery.

Santiago said the structure was secured by the General Services Administration, which provides workplaces for federal government agencies, according to its website.

The Nisky Center lease is expiring and the GSA is “required to compete for the new location,” Santiago said.

“As a result, this property represented the best value to our organization,” Santiago added.

Santiago estimated that construction on the 11,885-square-foot building will be completed and the new U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office will open between August and September.

The General Services Administration did not respond to questions about the building’s cost by press time Tuesday.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is part of the Department of Homeland Security and administers the country’s legal immigration system, according to its website.

The agency’s responsibilities include issuing Green Cards, adjudicating requests for immigration benefits and processing refugee applications. It has approximately 19,000 government employees based in more than 200 offices around the world, including St. Thomas.