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A Day in the Life of USCIS

On an average day:

  • More than 325,000 people visit our website
  • We welcome 3,200 new citizens; typically, 35 of them are already serving their adopted country in the United States armed forces.
  • We grant permanent residence to 4,000 people and issue 6,500 Permanent Resident Cards.
  • We process 183 refugee applications around the world and grant asylum to 55 people already in the United States.
  • We provide immigration services, engage in fraud prevention and detection and serve as government liaisons in 25 international field offices in 22 countries.
  • We process 2,040 petitions filed by employers to bring workers to the United States.
  • We answer 44,000 phone calls to our toll-free customer service line and serve 9,500 customers at our 83 field offices and the National Benefits Center.
  • We complete 24,000 applications for various immigration benefits.
  • We process 2,600 applications to sponsor relatives and fiancé(e)s.
  • We conduct 148,000 national security background checks.
  • We ensure the employment eligibility of more than 58,000 new hires in the United States.
  • We fingerprint and photograph 15,000 applicants at our 136 Application Support Centers.
  • We help American parents adopt 26 foreign-born orphans.


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A Day in the Life of USCIS

Last Reviewed/Updated: 09/22/2015