USCIS Law and Legal Definition

USCIS is the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. The USCIS is a federal agency within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, that oversees lawful immigration to the U.S. It also helps the nation in promoting national security, eliminating immigration case backlogs, and providing customer oriented information on immigration. The agency performs many administrative functions that were previously carried out by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service. The director heads the USCIS. S/he reports directly to the Deputy Secretary for Homeland Security.

The USCIS aims to:

Strengthen the security and integrity of the U.S. immigration system.

Provide information on immigration benefit and related information to customers.

Support immigrants’ integration and participation in U.S. civic culture.

Promote flexible and sound immigration policies and programs.

Strengthen the infrastructure supporting the USCIS mission.

Operate as an organization that promotes a highly talented workforce and a dynamic work culture.