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The role of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is an important agency that operates throughout the country, including in New Orleans, Louisiana. This agency is responsible for monitoring lawful immigration to the country and is part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Let’s examine the role of the USCIS.

One of the most common services offered by USCIS is that of family immigration. The agents with USCIS help citizens and current permanent residents lawfully bring their family members to the United States.

USCIS also handles applications for citizenship, including the related naturalization process. The agency determines if you are eligible for citizenship, will process the application and then schedule the applicant for the Oath of Allegiance if approved for citizenship.

The USCIS also handles applications for work in the United States. For example, if an employer in the country has offices in foreign countries and employees are being transferred to the U.S. or need to come for a convention, work visas will be required. The USCIS team will handle these applications and either approve or deny them.

The very first step in the adoption process involving U.S. citizens adopting children from other countries is handled by USCIS. Roughly 20,000 of these adoptions occur annually in the country.

USCIS also runs humanitarian programs to help people both in the country and out of the country who have been displaced by natural disaster, war, political unrest, famine and civil unrest.

Immigration is an important part of the law in the United States. USCIS is responsible for handling lawful immigration cases, including helping interested parties become lawful citizens.