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DHS/USCIS/PIA-079 Content Management Services (CMS)

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), a component of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), developed the Content Management Services (CMS), a cloud-based platform for use across USCIS to manage immigration-related electronic content and services. CMS serves as a backend repository of all digital immigration-related content to be accessed and retrieved through a user interface called STACKS (not an acronym), or through separate USCIS interconnected systems. USCIS is conducting this Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) to analyze the privacy impacts associated with CMS, including STACKS, because this system collects, uses, stores, and disseminates personally identifiable information (PII).

DHS, DOL to Publish Joint Rule for Additional Visas for Returning Foreign Workers

WASHINGTON – On May 6th, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan announced that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Labor (DOL) will publish a joint rule making available an additional 30,000 H-2B temporary nonagricultural worker visas for Fiscal Year 2019. These supplemental H-2B visas are available only to returning workers who received an H-2B visa, or were otherwise granted H-2B status, during one of the last three fiscal years (FY 2016, 2017, or 2018), and availability is restricted by prioritizing only those businesses who would suffer irreparable harm without the additional workers.

DHS/USCIS/PIA-078 Data Streaming Services (DSS)

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) uses Data Streaming Services as intermediary messengers to effectively and efficiently move data among USCIS systems in near real-time. The use of these services allows USCIS to transport data without the technical and administrative burden usually placed on the operating systems. USCIS is publishing this Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) to evaluate the privacy risks and mitigations associated with the transport of personally identifiable information (PII) using these services.

Ombudsman Partners with USCIS to Inform Public on the Release of a Revised Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status

Earlier this month, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced its plan to release a revised Form I-539 and Form I-539A, Supplemental Information for Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status (edition date 02/04/19) on March 11, 2019. The revised form makes several changes, including the addition of signature and biometrics fee requirements.

DHS/USCIS/PIA-077 FOIA Immigration Records System (FIRST)

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), a component of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), operates the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Immigration Records System (FIRST) to process FOIA requests, Privacy Act requests, and Privacy Act amendment requests from any eligible person or entity requesting access to or amendment of USCIS records. FIRST serves two purposes: (1) FIRST has a public-facing portal that allows members of the public to submit FOIA/Privacy Act requests online and allows USCIS to electronically deliver responsive records, and (2) FIRST is an internal case management system for USCIS. USCIS is conducting this Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) to analyze the privacy impacts associated with USCIS’ use of FIRST, as well as the information collected, used, maintained, and disseminated.

DHS/USCIS/PIA-076 Continuous Immigration Vetting

In 2017, through an effort known as Continuous Immigration Vetting (CIV), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began vetting information from certain immigration benefit applications throughout the entire application adjudication period as new information is received, rather than only performing point-in-time checks, to further enhance the agency’s ability to identify national security concerns. CIV is an event-based1 vetting tool that automates and streamlines the process of notifying USCIS of potential derogatory information in Government databases that may relate to individuals in USCIS systems, as new information is discovered. USCIS is now incrementally expanding CIV to encompass screening and vetting immigrant and nonimmigrant applications and petitions throughout the duration of the benefit or status, until the individual becomes a naturalized U.S. Citizen. USCIS is publishing this Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) to provide greater transparency into the CIV initiative and to assess the impact of automating event-based vetting for individuals from the time of an initial benefit filing up until naturalization.

DHS/USCIS/PIA-075 RAILS

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), a component of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), operates the USCIS RAILS1 Application System, which modernized and replaced the National File Tracking System (NFTS). RAILS is an automated file system that tracks internal immigrant files and receipt files, and allows for certain DHS users to request immigration files. RAILS enables USCIS to (1) electronically maintain an accurate file inventory, (2) track the location of paper and electronic immigration files via a web-based system and/or mobile application, and (3) allow users to order, transfer, and receive official paper and electronic immigration records related to the Alien Number (A-Number).

DHS/USCIS/PIA-074 IMPACT

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) developed IMPACT, a secure web-based system, to alleviate the need for USCIS adjudicators to perform manual system comparisons when adjudicating an immigration benefit request. IMPACT will perform requisite DHS and USCIS system checks to move a case from one status in an adjudication queue to another.

DHS/USCIS/PIA-073 USCIS and CISOMB Information Sharing

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman (CISOMB), established by Section 452 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, provides independent analysis of problems encountered by individuals and employers who have submitted benefit request filings to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and proposes changes to mitigate those problems. Sharing information between USCIS and CISOMB, where there is proper consent, is crucial to fulfilling this statutory mandate.

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen Announcement on Temporary Protected Status for Somalia

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen has announced her determination that an extension of the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Somalia is warranted pursuant to the Immigration and Nationality Act. After carefully reviewing conditions in Somalia with interagency partners, Secretary Nielsen determined the ongoing armed conflict and extraordinary and temporary conditions that support Somalia’s current designation for TPS continue to exist. Therefore, pursuant to the statute, she has extended Somalia’s TPS designation for 18 months.

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