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Citizenship and Immigration Services Overview

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) oversees lawful immigration to the United States. USCIS administers the nation’s lawful immigration system, safeguarding its integrity and promise by efficiently and fairly adjudicating requests for immigration benefits while protecting Americans, securing the homeland, and honoring our values.

USCIS consists of 19,000 employees and contractors from 250 offices across the world who oversee lawful immigration to the United States. Our number one goal is strengthening the security and integrity of the immigration system through efficient and consistent adjudications of benefits, fraud detection, and enhanced customer service. USCIS promotes flexible and sound immigration policies and programs as well as immigrant participation in American civic culture.

In this era of increased global threats and national security challenges, we will remain mindful of our duty to provide immigration service in a manner that strengthens the nation. We carefully manage every aspect of our immigration mission so that new immigrants and citizens can experience the privileges and advantages of lawful presence in the United States.

Last Updated: 09/29/2022
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