Integrity Legal

21st Jan 2010

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) is tasked with adjudicating Immigration applications such as the I-129f, I-130, and the I-601 waiver. They have offices throughout the United States and around the world. In Bangkok, the USCIS office is the administrative hub for virtually all US Immigration matters arising in Southeastern Asia.

This author recently came across a press release from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) in which Director Alejandro Mayorkas explained that USCIS will be undergoing some organizational changes. The author obtained this information through the American Immigration Lawyers Association website. To quote directly from the press release:

“We at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services have realigned our organizational structure to achieve greater efficiency and to more ably accomplish our mission. The realignment reflects the prioritization of certain critical Agency responsibilities. The three most significant changes are:

The creation of a Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate. This change reflects our prioritization of our anti-fraud and national security responsibilities and will bring greater focus to them.

The creation of a new Customer Service Directorate. This change reflects our prioritization of customer service and recognizes the significant efforts that will be needed to ensure that we are at the cutting edge of service modeling.

The division of the existing Domestic Operations Directorate into two separate directorates, Service Center Operations and Field Operations. This change will foster greater innovation and achieve greater efficiency in our delivery of immigration services.”

Fraud prevention is a constant priority for USCIS as the US Immigration system is, at times, plagued by sham marriages, fraudulent petitions, and unlicensed operators claiming to be immigration attorneys. Further, the internal bifurcation of Service Center Operations and Field Operations will likely lead to greater efficiency in both areas as they require different types of administrative supervision.  In the case of K visas, there are two service centers that handle K1 and K3 visa petitions. Meanwhile, applications for Immigrant visas are received at the USCIS lockbox.

Finally, the creation of a Customer Service Directorate will be a boon to Immigration attorneys and laymen alike as the confusing aspects of the Immigration process can be clarified by contacting a USCIS Customer Service Representation. This author is happy to see that USCIS is taking the time to internally reorganize in an effort to provide better service to both United States Citizens as well as foreign nationals.

For those interested further reading about the US Immigration process please see: K1 visa process.

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