The New York office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services held an open house Tuesday to showcase the cultures of its employees.
More than 80 workers, many of whom are naturalized citizens, created exhibits and shared food highlighting their ethnic backgrounds.
Officials said the event was about demonstrating what the agency does by showing how it reflects the city it serves.
"Today's exhibits were about them taking pride in that, sharing their understanding of the diversity of our city, and rejoicing in their important role in making New York what it is," said USCIS District Director Phyllis Cohen.
"Something that was so foreign and distant to me as of immigration, and now I'm part of it," said Ramon Melocarela, an immigration services officer. "It's great, and we just make sure that everybody gets the benefits they deserve."
The agency was formed in 2003 after the dismantling of the former Immigration and Naturalization Services.