KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Hundreds of new government jobs are coming to the Kansas City metro. It's good news for the local economy and could mean good news for those looking for work, as people can apply immediately.
A Department of Homeland Security official says the jobs are thanks in part to immigration reform. He says offices across the country handling requests for deferred action - the initiative from President Barack Obama that allows temporary relief to illegal immigrants from being deported - now have too big a load.
The Department of Homeland Security official says the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services employees here will soon be picking up the slack.
Jason Klumb with the General Services Administration-the government agency that finds space for other federal agencies- says it's a big win for the metropolitan area.
"Eight hundred new jobs is good for us and they were going to go somewhere in the United States - we're very happy they're in Kansas City," he said. Klumb says not only does the metro have a skilled workforce, but it's affordable.
"When you compare the cost of owning or leasing federal property here in Kansas City compared to the coasts, we're just very competitive," said Klumb.
Over the next year, 500 employees will move into an empty office building in the Rosana Square Shopping Center at 7600 W. 119th Street in Overland Park which is set to open next month. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services already employs 1,900 at its two Lee's Summit offices. It's hiring an additional 300 employees.
Timothy Counts with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services says the jobs are good, well-paying government positions.
"Some of them are contract jobs, some of them are federal jobs, but they will all be involved in processing applications for immigration benefits. For example, probably two of the primary applications they'll be working on are an application to replace a green card," said Counts.
Already jobs have been posted and filled, but hundreds more will be posted over the next year. If you're interested in applying, click here.