What is the USCIS?

USCIS stands for “U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services”. The USCIS is an agency within the Department of Homeland Security and is responsible for enforcing the laws that regulate the admission of non-US citizens into the United States. The USCIS also oversees the naturalization process for qualified applicants for U.S. citizenship.

Most international students will not need to deal directly with the USCIS because the student’s DSO handles most of the required paperwork. However, some students will need to contact the USCIS when applying for permission to work in the United States while of a student visa.