Laura Patching, Chief of the Office of Citizenship
Background Experience/Significant Achievements
Laura Patching is the chief of the Office of Citizenship. From 2006 to 2011, she was the deputy chief of the Office of Citizenship. In 2001, Patching joined the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) and helped manage INS’ transition to USCIS after the passage of the Homeland Security Act of 2002. She has been part of the Office of Citizenship since it was created in 2003. Before beginning her career with the U.S. government, she served in several positions in the Australian Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, now referred to as the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection in Washington and Santiago, Chile.
Patching received her Bachelor of Arts degree from American University in Washington and a postgraduate diploma from the University of Chile’s Institute for International Studies in Santiago, Chile.