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American Institutions of Research

The USCIS Office of Field Operations and Office of Public Engagement invited interested parties to participate in a national stakeholder engagement relating to American Institutions of Research on Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at 1:00pm (EDT). 

During the call, USCIS listened to feedback on proposed changes to the American Institutions of Research (AIR) process. Currently the AIR is located in Title 8, Code of Federal Regulations at section 316.20. Additionally, the current list of recognized American Institutions of Research is available at www.uscis.gov/AIR

However many of these listings are outdated causing USCIS customers difficulty in verifying their employment with an AIR organization.  USCIS has several proposed changes to this process to keep the list updated and customers informed. The list of proposed changes will be posted on the USCIS website as an agenda item for this call. The current process for obtaining recognition as an American Institution of Research can be viewed on the USCIS public website: link

Last Reviewed/Updated: 12/13/2011