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Immigration Information
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INS   ~   Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Actions   ~   Immigration Courts   ~   EOIR Forms   ~   Recognition and Accreditation Roster   ~   Passports & Visas

INS Transitions to Department of Homeland Security

On March 1, 2003, the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) transitioned into the Department of Homeland Security.

For services and benefits, such as citizenship, asylum, and refugee services, visit U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

For enforcement activities, such as illegal alien detention and removal, immigration intelligence and investigations programs, go to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

For the U.S. Border Patrol and immigration border inspections programs, visit U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Statistics on immigration are maintained by the Office of Immigration Statistics.

Much of the former INS services and benefits information can be found at the USCIS website at http://uscis.gov/, including the I-9 Form, Employment Eligibility Verification. Please update any bookmarks you may have to the former Immigration and Naturalization Service.

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Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Actions

Individuals who believe they are victims of national origin or citizenship status discrimination in hiring, firing, recruitment or referral for a fee, over-documentation in the employment eligibility verification process ("document abuse"), or retaliation may contact the Office of Special Counsel toll-free at 1-800-255-7688, 202-616-5525, or 1-800-237-2515 (TDD).

Employers who need information or assistance may call the Office of Special Counsel toll-free at 1-800-255-8155 or 1-800-362-2735 (TDD).

The Office of Special Counsel also administers annual public education and outreach grants to educate and train employees and employers about their rights and responsibilities under the statute enforced by the Office of Special Counsel. For further information, please consult the Office of Special Counsel's website.

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Immigration Court Information

List of Immigration Courts, arranged by state. Provides address and telephone number.

Caseload Information. Dial 1-800-898-7180 to find information (in English or Spanish) on:

  • Next Hearing Date, Time and Location
  • Elapsed Time and Status of the Clock for Asylum Cases
  • Immigration Judge Decision Information
  • Case Appeal Information, including Appeal Due Date, Brief Due Date, Date Forwarded to the Board of Immigration Appeals, and Board of Immigration Appeals Decision and Decision Date.

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EOIR Forms

The Executive Office for Immigration Review has numerous forms available online. These are the forms that are needed for filing with the Board of Immigration Appeals, the Immigration Courts, or the Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer.

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Recognition and Accreditation Roster

This list gives the names of accredited organizations and individuals who are entitled to represent individuals before the Immigration and Naturalization Service, Immigration Courts, and the Board of Immigration Appeals.

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Passports & Visas

Passports and visas are issued by the U.S. Department of State.

For more information about the Department components that are most active in this area, consult the Executive Office of Immigration Review and Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices web sites.

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  Last Updated: 05/04/04

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