Office of the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman
The Office of the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman is dedicated to improving the quality of citizenship and immigration services delivered to the public by providing individual case assistance, as well as making recommendations to improve the administration of immigration benefits by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Message from Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman Maria M. Odom in the 2015 Annual Report to Congress
Read Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman Maria M. Odom's message introducing the 2015 Annual Report to Congress.
Ombudsman Recommendation: Employment Authorization for Asylum Applicants
Administration of U.S. immigration laws is a shared responsibility divided among different departments and agencies. There is no doubt that this division sometimes creates challenges for both applicants and immigration officials. The recommendations in this report address such a challenge: employment authorization for asylum applicants involving what is commonly referred to as the asylum clock.
DHS/USCIS/PIA-013 Fraud Detection and National Security Data System (FDNS-DS)
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) created the Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate (FDNS) to strengthen the integrity of the nation’s immigration system, and to ensure that immigration benefits are not granted to individuals that may pose a threat to national security and/or public safety. In addition, FDNS is responsible for detecting, deterring, and combating immigration benefit fraud. USCIS is updating and reissuing this Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA), originally published on July 30, 2012 as DHS/USCIS/PIA-013(a), to include FDNS’s sharing with law enforcement agencies, and include the DHS/USCIS/ICE/CBP-001-Alien File, Index and National File Tracking System of Records, published November 21, 3013 at 78 FR 69864 as coverage for initiatives under this PIA.
Ombudsman J-2 Recommendation
International medical graduates in the United States make important contributions in clinical care in underserved areas, as well as research and teaching. These recommendations, issued by the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman, seek to ensure that spouses of foreign medical doctors accepted into the Conrad State 30 program are able to obtain employment authorization. Under this program, each state may receive up to 30 physicians each year to provide medical services to rural, inner city, and other medically underserved communities. USCIS currently does not permit spouses to change to an employment-authorized nonimmigrant status, even where the dependent independently qualifies for such status.
2013 AR Exec. Report Chinese
Read the Chinese translation of the executive summary to the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman's 2013 Annual Report to Congress.
CIS Ombudsman Brochures
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Informe Anual 2013
Read the Spanish version of the 2013 Annual Report to Congress.
Executive Summary of 2013 Annual Report to Congress
The Office of the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman’s 2013 Annual Report contains:
- An overview of the Ombudsman’s mission and services;
- A review of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) programmatic and policy achievements during this reporting period; and
- A detailed discussion of pervasive and serious problems, recommendations, and best practices in the humanitarian, family, and employment areas, and in customer service and Transformation.
Ombudsman Maria M. Odom's message for 2013 Annual Report
This Report describes the work of the Ombudsman, including the key issues and areas of study addressed over the year.
Comprehensive Recommendation Review
Since its creation by the Homeland Security Act of 2002, the Office of the Citizenship and Immigration Service’s Ombudsman (Ombudsman’s Office) has issued over fifty-one recommendations to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Each recommendation identifies systemic issues impacting the delivery of immigration services and benefits, highlights stakeholder concerns about a particular issue, suggests possible solutions to resolve the problem, and always provides an independent, impartial perspective. This comprehensive review offers an update on the status of implementation by USCIS for each recommendation as of February 2012, and further enables the Ombudsman’s Office to continue working with USCIS to effectuate positive change that will make our immigration system better for everyone.