The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) describe themselves as the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States. They are a component of the Department of Homeland Security.
On their website they list some of the services they provide:
Citizenship (Includes the Related Naturalization Process)
Individuals who wish to become U.S. citizens through naturalization submit their applications to USCIS. The Immigration & Naturalization Service determines eligibility, processes the applications and, if approved, schedules the applicant for a ceremony to take the Oath of
Allegiance. They also determine eligibility and provide documentation of U.S. citizenship for people who acquired or derived U.S. citizenship through their parents.
Immigration of Family Members
They manage the process that allows current permanent residents and U.S. citizens to bring close relatives to live and work in the United States.
Working in the U.S.
The Immigration & Naturalization Service manages the process that allows individuals from other countries to work in the United States. Some of the opportunities are temporary, and some provide a path to a green card (permanent residence).
Verifying an Individual’s Legal Right to Work in the United States (E-Verify)
They manage the system that allows participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees.
The Immigration & Naturalization Service administers humanitarian programs that provide protection to individuals inside and outside the United States who are displaced by war, famine and civil and political unrest, and those who are forced to flee their countries to escape the risk of death and torture at the hands of persecutors.
They manage the first step in the process for U.S. citizens to adopt children from other countries. Approximately 20,000 adoptions take place each year.
The Immigration & Naturalization Service also promotes instruction and training on citizenship rights and responsibilities and provides immigrants with the information and tools necessary to successfully integrate into American civic culture.
The USCIS has field offices within the United States which provide scheduled interviews on non-asylum related applications. They also make available limited information and customer services to supplement the information provided by phone and on their website.
International offices are available to U.S. Citizens and permanent residents of the United States who are visiting or residing outside the United States. Other USCIS offices provide services such as fingerprinting, interviews for asylum related issues, processing various immigration related requests, petitions and applications.
The processes to immigrate or become a naturalized citizen of the United States of America are lengthy and complex. At The Christensen Law Firm we focus exclusively on Immigration Law in order to give the very best immigration & naturalization service possible. We would love to help you, a friend or loved one navigate the process to immigrate or become a naturalized citizen of the United States.