Links to Government Agencies
Involved with Immigration
NOTE: The Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) no longer
exists. The INS was divided into three separate agencies under
the Department of Homeland Security (DHS):
The USCIS website provides
forms, help guides, statistics, and information on obtaining
immigration benefits. Most of the former useful content provided
on the former INS website is now on the
USCIS website. Click here for specific links to information
on the USCIS website.
- Administrative Decisions:
USCIS administrative decisions on various visa categories.
Information on adopting children from other countries.
- Advance Parole and Reentry Permits:
Information about applying for permission to travel internationally.
Eligibility and application information for asylum.
- Case Status:
Online case status information by typing in your receipt number.
- Customer Service:
Contact information for USCIS, including a toll-free hotline.
- Employer Information: Information for employers on
I-9 verification, premium processing, temporary workers and other
Employer Information Bulletins: Newsletter on immigration
matters and procedures of frequent concern to employers
- Employer Sanctions: Provisions in the Immigration Reform and
Control Act on employer sanctions.
- Federal Register: Immigration-related items in the Federal
Register, regarding new rules and regulations.
Information on fingerprinting and FBI criminal background checks,
required for some immigration benefits.
- Forms: Current forms and filing fees, available for download in
- Freedom of Information Act Requests:
Address and process for requesting immigration records.
- Green Card or Permanent Residency:
Directions for applying for permanent residency.
- I-9 Employer Handbook:
Guide for employers on completing the I-9 Employment Eligibility
- Immigration and Nationality Act
: Full text of the Immigration and Nationality Act, the basic law on
immigration into the United States
USCIS Communiqué: The internal magazine
for the USCIS.
- USCIS Offices: Contact information on the district offices,
asylum offices, service centers and overseas offices.
- Medical Exams:
Answers to frequently asked questions about the medical examinations
required for some immigration benefits.
NAFTA: Information on the North American Free Trade
Guide for immigration inspectors in PDF format regarding the North
American Free Trade Agreement.
- Naturalization Information : Resources for people applying for
U.S. citizenship, including a practice examination for the
Instructions for immigration officers that supplement and clarify
statutes and regulations.
Non-Immigrant (Temporary Visitors) Options:
Eligibility information and instructions on entering the United
Policy and Procedures Memos:
Defining policies and procedures for the USCIS in a variety of
- Press Releases
: Information released to the press by the USCIS.
Information on eligibility and statistics for refugees to the United
Regulations : Full text of Volume 8 of the Code of Federal
- SAVE Verification Program: Information about the Systematic Alien Verification for
Entitlements (SAVE) Program.
Data on foreign nationals entering the United States for temporary
or permanent residence.
- Temporary Protected Status (TPS): Information regarding TPS
status for people who are temporarily unable to return home because
of armed conflict, environmental disasters, or other conditions.
The Department of Homeland Security is responsible for the safety and
security of the United States.
The State Department manages the foreign relations of the United
States with other countries, including the U.S. consulates and
embassies abroad. Click here for links to specific areas of the
Department of State website.
Department of Labor is required to approve applications for certain
types of immigration benefits, including the Labor Condition
Application for H-1B workers, and the Labor Certification Application
for some employment-based permanent residency applications.
Click here for links to specific sites on the DOL website.
All men, even illegal aliens, must
register for the draft if they are between 18 and 26.
Registering online is now possible through the
Social Security Administration provides some non-citizens with Social
Security Numbers, which are important for work authorization, tax, and
other financial transactions. Click here for links to specific
information on the SSA site.
The Department of Health and Human Services provides information on
the poverty guidelines, as well as physician information on the J-1
program. Click here for specific links to DHHS information.
The Department of
Justice runs the immigration courts, and the appeals process for
immigration benefits. Click here for links to specific sites on
the Justice Department's website.
tax information for aliens & U.S. citizens
living abroad and downloadable
forms & publications.