Estimates how much time the various USCIS offices currently takes to process a particular type of application, petition, or request. To use this tool, one must know the office where a petition was filed, the type of petition and the date the petition was filed. All of this information can be found on a Receipt Notice.
Find out the status of a particular case in the USCIS processing queue.
Visa Wizard – Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs
This Visa Wizard is a guide to help foreign citizens understand which visa category might be appropriate for their travel to the United States. It provides users with the find country-specific information on visa requirements for tourism, business or employment, academics, passing through and immigrating to the U.S. This easy-to-navigate webtool takes the mystery out of U.S. immigration and is a good place to start when seeking to enter the U.S. on a temporary or permanent basis.
The Immigration and Customs Enforcement division of the Department of Homeland Security provides a step-by-step explanation for prospective students to navigate the U.S. immigration procedures necessary to obtain F-1 Visa Status. The interactive webpage provides the user with information on selecting schools and programs of study, paying SEVIS fees, application processes for a visa, documents required and permissible timeframes for entry to the U.S., requirements upon arrival, visa status benefits, maintain status, and departure planning.
The general provisions of laws enacted by Congress are interpreted and implemented by regulations issued by various agencies. These regulations apply the law to daily situations. After regulations are published in the Federal Register, they are collected and published in the Code of Federal Regulations, commonly referred to as the CFR. The CFR is arranged by subject title and generally parallels the structure of the United States Code. Thus, Title 8 of the CFR deals with “Aliens and Nationality”, as does Title 8 of the U.S. Code.
The INA is divided into titles, chapters, and sections. Although it stands alone as a body of law, the Act is also contained in the United States Code (U.S.C.). The code is a collection of all the laws of the United States. It is arranged in fifty subject titles by general alphabetic order. Title 8 of the U.S. Code is but one of the fifty titles and deals with “Aliens and Nationality”. When browsing the INA or other statutes you will often see reference to the U.S. Code citation. For example, Section 208 of the INA deals with asylum, and is also contained in 8 U.S.C. 1158. Although it is correct to refer to a specific section by either its INA citation or its U.S. code, the INA citation is more commonly used.
USCIS has created the USCIS Policy Manual, which is the agency’s centralized online repository for USCIS’s immigration policies. The USCIS Policy Manual will ultimately replace the Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM), the USCIS Immigration Policy Memoranda site, and other policy repositories. The manual is structured to house several volumes pertaining to different areas of immigration benefits administered by the agency such as citizenship and naturalization, adjustment of status, admissibility, protection and parole, nonimmigrants, refugees, asylees, immigrants, waivers, and travel and employment.