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A Day in the Life of USCIS

On an average day we:

  • Adjudicate 30,000 requests for various immigration benefits.
  • Process 3,000 applications to sponsor relatives and future spouses.
  • Analyze more than 700 tips, leads, cases and detections for potential fraud, public safety and national security concerns.
  • Process refugee applications around the world in support of the refugee admissions ceiling of 18,000 refugees for fiscal year 2020.
  • Grant asylum to 100 individuals already in the United States.
  • Screen 400 people for protection based on a credible fear of persecution if they return home.
  • Serve 1,430 people at informational appointments and interview 7,000 people in our 88 domestic field offices.
  • Fingerprint and photograph 14,000 people at 133 application support centers.
  • Approve applications and petitions to help unite 12 foreign-born orphans with the Americans who want to adopt them.
  • Grant lawful permanent residence to 2,200 people and issue 4,000 Green Cards.
  • Welcome 3,195 new citizens at naturalization ceremonies—that’s one every 27 seconds. Typically, about 15 of these new citizens are members of the U.S. armed forces.
  • Ensure the employment eligibility of 100,000 new hires in the United States.
  • Receive 50,000 phone calls to our toll-free phone line.
  • Receive 800,000 visitor sessions to our website.


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