United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is a U S government agency with 1,500 federal employees and taking care of all immigration related forms. The USCIS formerly called as INS and was part of the Department of justice. It handles illegal entrance into the US and also preventing from taking benefits. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) transitioned into the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as USCIS On March 1, 2003. USCIS are responsible for handling many things:
• Green Card related queries • Providing U.S Citizenship • Taking care of immigrant visa petitions and naturalization petitions • Adjudicating asylum • Refugee application • Managing immigration benefits and issuing employment authorization(EAD) documents • Providing permanent resident status INS was considered to be ineffective in many ways so USCIS came into existence with many changes that makes things easier for immigrants. To control illegal immigrants and the ease of international travel for business made lot of changes in the world migration patterns fostered growth of Immigration and Naturalization service during late twentieth century. So the Immigration and Naturalization Service become restrictive and the process becomes tough. USCIS main concern is to improve customer service and enhance national security. If you need any help regarding green card or U.S. Citizenship certificate have to take help from U.S Citizenship and Immigration service (USCIS). USCIS is still new and therefore USCIS call centres are not staffed by U.S immigration experts so you need to make an appointment with your local office to get basic information. USCIS service centres employees are civilian workers and not immigration officers so employees have only some knowledge about U.S. immigration and also they suggest you to contact local District Office. All the application/petition related to Green Card and Visa is filed either at American Consulate or with USCIS.
You can expect to receive a 13-character number within 30 days once you submit the document to the USCIS with Fee and supporting documents and also with the help of “Case Status Online” link you can check your application status. Those who have English problems and don’t have time to get the answers and service from USCIS during their working days ,USCIS has developed USCitizenship.info at which you can apply for all your immigration needs online, easily and with full confidentiality. At USCitizenship(dot)info, you can fill the application at your own space and time and also it includes full resource library that provides most up to date information about citizenship and USCIS.