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USCIS

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

  • USCIS Office Locator: This page provides addresses for local USCIS field offices.
  • USCIS Case Status Online: Use this page to check the status of your USCIS case. Registration is required.
  • USCIS Forms: Downloadable USCIS forms — immigration petitions, etc.
  • USCIS Processing Time Reports: Provides updated approximate processing times for various immigration petitions.
  • USCIS International Immigration Offices: List of international USCIS offices.
  • Adjudicator’s Field Manual: This page explains USCIS policies and procedures for administering immigration benefits. It goes far beyond mere recitation of the statutory language.
  • USCIS Policy Memoranda: This page provides policy and procedural documents that guide USCIS officers in processing requests for immigration benefits.
  • USCIS Policy Manual: This page provides an extensive database of policy and procedural documents that guide USCIS officers in processing requests for immigration benefits.
  • Administrative Appeals Office (AAO): Home page of the AAO. The AAO is the office responsible for hearing appeals of USCIS decisions.
  • AAO Non-Precedent Decisions: Extensive database of decisions issued by the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO). The decisions available on this page do not carry any weight as precedent.
  • AAO Precedent Decisions: Extensive database of decisions issued by the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO). The decisions available on this page DO carry weight as precedent.
  • USCIS Asylum Resources: A portal for information about the political asylum process.
  • USCIS Immigrant Investor Regional Centers: Where to submit your application for an immigrant investor (EB-5) visa.
  • The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is the division of the Department of Homeland Security that oversees most of the immigration to the US. One task that the USCIS does not handle is the issuance of visas at US embassies and consulates abroad. If the applicant is located overseas, the USCIS will process applications online and by mail. Then it turns the request over to the US State Department to determine whether a visa will be issued. The USCIS also handles applications for adjustment of immigration status filed within the by applicants located within the US.
  • The USCIS Civil Surgeon Locator can help you locate a designated civil surgeon if you are located in the US and seeking an immigration status that requires you to undergo a medical examination.
  • The USCIS Processing Times and Online Case Inquiry page can help you check the status of your case and keep up with the estimated processing time.
  • The USCIS Change of Address Form page allows you to comply with the USCIS requirement that you notify it whenever you change your residence.
  • USCIS Application Support Centers handle fingerprinting when it is required to obtain an immigration benefit.
  • USCIS Asylum Offices handle interviews for people who have applied for asylum.
  • USCIS Service Centers are places where a wide variety of immigration-related applications are mailed and processed. Which service center you use depends on which form you are filing and, sometimes, where you live.
  • The National Benefit Center, like the USCIS Service Centers, receives and processes many different types of immigration applications.
  • Local USCIS FIeld Offices handle pre-scheduled interviews required for immigration benefits other than asylum applications.
  • The USCIS National Records Center receives and processes Freedom of Information Act requests as well as applications for genealogy information.
  • The USCIS Forms & Fees Page contains a list of information about each USCIS form, where to file it, and the amount of the filing fee if any. This page includes links to the actual forms, which in many cases, can be filled out online and e-filed.
  • The USCIS Information on Temporary Protected Status page contains information about how to apply for TPS. TPS provides legal status and potential employment authorization to people from countries that have suffered natural disasters, civil unrest or armed conflict — mostly citizens of El Salvador, Haiti, and Honduras. The Trump administration is greatly restricting TPS.
  • The USCIS page on US citizenship through naturalization contains information on how naturalized US citizen can transition to citizenship, and why an N-400 citizenship application might be denied.
  • Citizenship Information: This page contains information on citizenship by birth, naturalization, citizenship for military members and dependents, etc.
  • Humanitarian Parole Information: This page contains information on how people located outside the US might be allowed into the US based on humanitarian reasons or the potential to benefit the US.
  • Immigration Laws, Regulations & Guides: This page contains a list of links to significant immigration laws and regulations, as well as links to immigration policy and practice websites and certain immigration information providers.
  • Immigration Handbooks & Manuals: This page contains links to particular immigration-related policy and field manuals that provide an in-depth look at how immigration law is applied.
  • Working in the US: How to work legally in the US.
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U.S. Department of Labor

U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)

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U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)

U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)

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Social Security Administration (SSA)

Statutory and Regulatory Research Resources

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Immigration Courts and Administrative Appeals

Immigration Courts and Administrative Appeals

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The White House

Various Federal Government Agencies

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Department of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security

  • CIS Ombudsman: An independet advocate who can answer questions about immigration services and benefits as well as specific cases. Affiliated with the USCIS but independent of the agency itself.
  • DHS FOIA Contact Information by Agency: Contact information for people who wish to submit a Freedom of Information Act request to a particular government agency.
  • Immigration Data and Statistics: Database of immigration-related statistics.
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U.S. Department of State

US Department of State (DOS)

Home page of the US Department of State, the federal agency primarily responsible for visa and immigration petitions filed overseas.

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United States Courts

Federal Courts

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado: The US District Court for the state of Colorado.
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals & District Courts
    • First Circuit: The federal Court of Appeals with jurisdiction over Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Puerto Rico and Rhode Island.
    • Second Circuit: The federal Court of Appeals with jurisdiction over Connecticut, New York and Vermont.
    • Third Circuit: The federal Court of Appeals with jurisdiction over Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and the Virgin Islands.
    • Fourth Circuit: The federal Court of Appeals with jurisdiction over Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.
    • Fifth Circuit: The federal Court of Appeals with jurisdiction over Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.
    • Sixth Circuit: The federal Court of Appeals with jurisdiction over Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee.
    • Seventh Circuit: The federal Court of Appeals with jurisdiction over Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin.
    • Eighth Circuit: The federal Court of Appeals with jurisdiction over Arkansas, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.
    • Ninth Circuit: The federal Court of Appeals with jurisdiction over Alaska, Arizona, California, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Northern Mariana Islands, Oregon and Washington.
    • Ninth Circuit Immigration Outline: This page presents procedural and substantive principles relating to immigration law in the Ninth Circuit.
    • Tenth Circuit: The federal Court of Appeals with jurisdiction over Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah and Wyoming.
    • Eleventh Circuit: The federal Court of Appeals with jurisdiction over Alabama, Florida and Georgia.
    • District of Columbia Circuit: The federal Court of Appeals with jurisdiction over the District of Columbia (including Washington, D.C.).
    • Federal Circuit: The federal Court of Appeals with jurisdiction over appeals on patent and certain civil cases from courts such as the Court of Federal Claims.
  • U.S. Supreme Court: The home page of te US Supreme Court.By following the appropriate links, you can access the full texts of Supreme Court decisions going back several decades.
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State Courts

State Courts

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U.S. Customs & Border Protection

U.S. Customs & Border Protection

The federal agency charged with border management and control, with responsibility for customs, immigration, border security, and agricultural protection.

  • CBP Leadership and Organizat: A description of the leadership and organization of the CBP.
  • CBP Information Center: Ask a question, report a complaint, etc.
  • CBP Headquarters Contact Information: Phone and address list for CBP headquarters.
  • CBP Locate a Port of Entry: Interactive map providing details of all CBP ports of entry.
  • CBP Preclearance Locations: Through Preclearance, CBP Officers stationed overseas conduct the same inspections of international air travelers typically that occur upon arrival in the United States.This page provides preclearance locations for various overseas points of origin.
  • CBP FOIA: The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)\is the law that gives people access to information about federal agencies.This page provides information about how the FOIA applies to th CBP.
  • Electronic System for Travel Authorization: The Electronic System for Travel Authorization is an automated system that determines the eligibility of visitors to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP).
  • Visa Waiver Program (VWP): The visa waiver program permits citizens of 38 countries to travel to the United States for business or tourism for stays of up to 90 days without a visa.
  • Trusted Traveler Programs: This program can help you move you through the line at the airport much faster. Designed for frequent visitors.
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Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

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International Flags

International

  • Embassies: Information about foreign embassies in Washington, DC, including addresses and websites.
  • Foreign Consulates in the U.S.: Information about foreign consulates in the US, including telephone numbers and websites.
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