With policies centralized online, USCIS tries for more consistent immigration process


The first volume of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' centralized policy manual went online Jan. 7, with the goal of ensuring more consistency in the immigration process.

The manual is the culmination of what USCIS says was an unprecedented agencywide review of its policies, which included 8,000 survey responses from its employees and members of the public.

USCIS said in a release that it will phase out both its current field manual and its immigration policy memo website.

The first volume in the new manual deals with citizenship and naturalization policies, USCIS plans to begin implementing them according to the manual Jan. 22. The rest of the volumes are slated to address refugees, asylees, admissibility, waivers and other matters.

The agency says it will notify the public when new policies or major changes go online. The manual's updates webpage so far consists of a notice that the first volume was posted along with a list of highlights (.pdf) from that posting.

The manual, which is searchable, also provides links to a glossary of dozens of technical terms and their definitions as well as the text of the Immigration and Nationality Act.

USCIS has scheduled a series of webinars in January to provide more information about its features.

For more:
- go to the manual

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