A very interesting article came out recently by the Press of Atlantic City concerning the makeup of New Jersey’s foreign born population. Southern New Jersey, it reported, saw an increase of 40% of its foreign born residents since 2000. That by itself is a remarkable, if not telling, sign that our great state of New Jersey continues to attract a large percentage of immigrants. What is surprising but also encouraging is that many of our newer immigrants are heading towards areas of New Jersey not traditionally associated with immigration such as Hamilton, Galloway, and Egg Harbor, which in particular, saw its foreign born population practically double since 2000. It is no surprise that with this new influx of immigrants into Southern New Jersey, USCIS has begun assigning more duties and responsibilities to its Mount Laurel Sub District Office. Residents who reside in Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Mercer, Monmouth, Ocean, and Salem counties should expect more of their immigration cases to be adjudicated at the Mount Laurel Office, located at 530 Fellowship Road, Mount Laurel, NJ. What this means practically will be interesting given that there are sometimes slight variations in the way cases are handled between the two offices.From our Central Jersey Office in Edison, New Jersey, our firm handles a wide array of immigration issues from citizenship to permanent residence to deportation defense. If you or someone you know is in need of immigration legal assistance in New Jersey, please contact our office at (732) 516-1717.