United States Citizenship and Immigration Services

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On March 1, 2003, service and benefit functions of the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) transitioned into the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). USCIS is responsible for the administration of immigration and naturalization adjudication functions and establishing immigration services policies and priorities. These functions include:

  • adjudication of immigrant visa petitions;
  • adjudication of naturalization petitions;
  • adjudication of asylum and refugee applications;
  • adjudications performed at the service centers, and
  • all other adjudications performed by the INS.
  • 15,000 federal employees and contractors working in approximately 250 Headquarters and field offices around the world comprise the USCIS.[1]

It was reported in July 2017 that 32% of naturalized U.S. citizens – 5 million people – were found to be "functionally illiterate" in the English language.[2]


  1. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
  2. Bedard, Paul (July 12, 2017). 5 million immigrants granted US citizenship can't speak English. Washington Examiner. Retrieved July 13, 2017.