Newsletter April 2011 – The USCIS No Longer the INS


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The USCIS handles so many immigration forms every year. And the USCIS wants you to know that they are no longer the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). In fact, they have not been the INS since March 1, 2003. Each month, the USCIS publishes a report on traffic to their website, which includes statistics on popular search terms people use to find their site. And every month, tens of thousands of visitors search “INS” to find them. In a January 2011 report, it was stated that there were nearly 30,000 searches for the term “INS.”

The INS functions were transferred from the Department of Justice to three new divisions within the newly formed Department of Homeland Security – the USCIS is one of those three divisions, and the other two are the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

So remember that the INS is now the USCIS: United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.

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