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USCIS lists accomplishments, requests $1.85 billion in FY 2006 budget
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The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, in a press release, listed out its accomplishments in FY 2005 and requested $1.854 billion in the FY 2006 budget, an increase of $79 million over the last financial year. The amount includes $100 million for it backlog initiative.

The release states that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is committed to ensuring the delivery of the right immigration benefit to the right person at the right time, and no benefit to the wrong person. USCIS has established three priorities: (1) eliminating the immigration benefit application backlog, (2) improving customer service, while (3) ensuring national security. The USCIS is a component of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that facilitates legal immigration for people seeking to enter, reside, or work in the United States.

FY 2006 Budget ($M)
 
FY 2005
(enacted)

FY 2006
(proposed)

+/- Change
Immigrant Services
$797
$878
$81
Nonimmigrant Services
$412
$463
$51
Citizenship Services
$247
$271
$24
Asylum/Refugee Services
$139
$142
$3
Backlog Initiative
$180
$100
($80)
 
Total
$1,775
$1,854
$79


FY 2005 Accomplishments in Progress:

Eliminating the backlog

USCIS is on target to achieve the President's six-month or less processing time goal at each USCIS office by the end of FY 2006, having successfully reduced the backlog at the end of FY 2005 to 1.5 million cases, down from a high of 3.8 million cases in January 2004.

Improving customer service
  • USCIS continues to implement significant IT and process improvements, including electronic filing for certain immigration benefit applications (e-filing). Since it was launched in May 2003, more than 253,000 immigration benefit applications have been filed on-line.

  • InfoPass, a USCIS Web-based system that enables the public to go online to schedule appointments, has dramatically reduced/eliminated the lines of customers seeking assistance at our local offices.

  • Additional customer services were added to the USCIS website, including a feature for customers to register for automated e-mail updates as their case is processed, and customer access to case status information was further expanded through the agency's expansion of filings at U.S. Treasury Department lockboxes.

  • Automated services available to customers by phone were also expanded. Now more than 50% of all callers receive the information or service they are looking for without requiring live assistance, giving these customers round-the-clock access.
Ensuring national security
  • The creation of a Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS) unit is allowing USCIS to work closely with the appropriate law enforcement entities in responding to national security hits on aliens who pose a threat to national security or public safety, and for identifying systemic fraud in the application process.

  • FDNS has developed a joint anti-fraud strategy with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), hired and trained nearly 100 anti-fraud officers, and is in the midst of implementing an unprecedented anti-fraud initiative throughout the United States.

  • FDNS is also leading the enhancement of USCIS' background check process, which is aimed at identifying applicants, beneficiaries, and petitioners who pose a threat to national security and public safety prior to granting them immigration benefits.

  • FDNS is also leading USCIS' information sharing initiative with key law enforcement and intelligence agencies


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