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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.

Secretary Nielsen Announcement on Temporary Protected Status for Yemen

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

DHS/USCIS/PIA-072 CAP Tracker

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) oversees lawful immigration and non-immigration benefits. For all incoming applications, petitions, and forms, USCIS reviews the completeness and acceptability of each one and rejects those failing to meet the stated criteria. USCIS developed the CAP Tracker system to track and maintain an inventory of all rejected filings. CAP Tracker is also used to generate standardized rejection notices sent to applicants or petitioners and, if applicable, legal representatives.

Secretary Of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen Announcement On Temporary Protected Status For Syria

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

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