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.
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.
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.
Foreign Labor Certification Information: The home page of the Office of Foreign Labor Certification, for employment-based applicants who need labor certification for approval of their employment-based visas or petitions for adjustment of status.
Visa Services: This page provides information on visa services offered by the US State Department (issued by US embassies and consulates overseas). It is generally not relevant for people live in the US and intend to apply for immigration benefits.
Visa Revalidation Info: This page explains how you can legally enter the US on an expired visa under certain circumstances.
Visa Bulletin: This page, updated periodically, allows you to check whether your visa availability is “current” if you have applied for a family- or employment-based visa.
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.
SEVP/SEVIS Program: ICE Student & Exchange Visitor Program. This program tracks and monitors international students as well as organizations such as schools and exchange programs that admit international students.