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U.S. Federal Agencies
Bureau of Consular Affairs
Provides visa and passport services as well as services for overseas citizens. Part of the Department of State.
Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS)
Reviews and approves applications for immigration benefits, including immigrant visa petitions, naturalization petitions, and asylum and refugee applications. Part of the Department of Homeland Security.
Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
Responsible for inspecting persons and cargo passing through points of entry and securing the borders. Part of the Department of Homeland Security.
Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR)
Includes several offices, including the Board of Immigration Appeals, the immigration judges, and the administrative law judges. Immigration judges conduct removal hearings; administrative law judges hear cases involving employers and those alleging document fraud. The EOIR is part of the Department of Justice.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
Responsible for interior security. Includes two law enforcement divisions, Homeland Security Investigations and Enforcement and Removal Operations. Part of the Department of Homeland Security.
Office of Administrative Law Judges
Judges preside over hearings on many kinds of labor-related matters, including matters involving immigrants and aliens. Includes the Board of Alien Labor Certifications, which reviews denials of certification of aliens for certain immigrant visas.
Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices
Enforces the anti-discrimination provision (§ 274B) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. Part of the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice.
Websites of U.S. embassies, consulates, and diplomatic missions abroad. Consular officers may, among other duties, issue visas to foreign nationals and passports to U.S. citizens.