United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
) is a component of the United States Department of Homeland Security
(DHS). It performs many administrative functions formerly carried out by the legacy United States Immigration and Naturalization Service
(INS), which was part of the Department of Justice
. The stated priorities of the USCIS are to promote national security, to eliminate immigration
case backlogs, and to improve customer services. USCIS is headed by a director who reports directly to the Deputy Secretary for Homeland Security. USCIS was formerly and briefly named the U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS), before becoming USCIS. Alejandro Mayorkas was sworn in as USCIS Director on August 12, 2009.
The number of employees
According to the , USCIS consists of 18,000 federal employees and contractors working at 250 offices around the world.
USCIS is charged with processing immigrant visa
petitions, and asylum
applications, as well as making adjudicative
decisions performed at the service centers, and managing all other immigration benefits functions (i.e., not immigration enforcement) performed by the former INS. Other responsibilities include:
- Administration of immigration services and benefits
- Adjudicating asylum claims
- Issuing employment authorization documents (EAD)
- Adjudicating petitions for......