United States Citizenship and Immigration Services

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
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Agency overview
FormedMarch 1, 2003 (2003-03-01)
JurisdictionFederal government of the United States
Headquarters5900 Capital Gateway Drive
Camp Springs, MD, U.S.
Employees21,253 (2021)[1]
Annual budget$4.235 billion (2021)[1]
Agency executive
Parent agencyUnited States Department of Homeland Security
Key documents

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)[3] is an agency of the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that administers the country's naturalization and immigration system. It is a successor to the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), which was dissolved by the Homeland Security Act of 2002 and replaced by three components within the DHS: USCIS, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

USCIS performs many of the duties of the former INS, namely processing and adjudicating various immigration matters, including applications for work visas, asylum, and citizenship. Additionally, the agency is officially tasked with safeguarding national security, maintaining immigration case backlogs, and improving efficiency. Ur Jaddou has been the director of USCIS since August 3, 2021.

  1. ^ a b "Budget-in-Brief: Fiscal Year 2022" (PDF). U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2022-03-12. Retrieved 2022-03-12.
  2. ^ "Ur M. Jaddou, Director, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services". USCIS. August 3, 2021. Retrieved August 4, 2021.
  3. ^ "Our History". 24 August 2020.

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