USCIS, Washington, DC
As Deputy Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Lori Scialabba oversees the operations of USCIS, which processes millions of immigration benefit applications every year through a network of 235 offices, domestic and foreign.
Prior to becoming Deputy Director, Scialabba served as the Associate Director, Refugee, Asylum and International Operations. She also served as Senior Advisor on Iraqi Refugees to former DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff. In May 2009, she received a Presidential Rank Award in the category of Meritorious Rank Awards for sustained accomplishments – the highest award offered to federal employees.
Before joining DHS, Scialabba served as Chairman of the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), Executive Office for Immigration Review at the Department of Justice. During her tenure at the Board she had responsibility for day-to-day operations, and managed the BIA reorganization and the streamlining of more than 120,000 cases.
She began her career with the Department of Justice (DOJ) in October 1985 through the Attorney General’s Honor Program and served as a trial attorney for the former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) in Chicago, where she litigated deportation cases.
USCIS strengthens the security and integrity of the immigration system by providing effective customer-oriented immigration benefit and information services to customers, granting immigration and citizenship benefits, promoting awareness and understanding of citizenship, and combating immigration fraud.