Andrew J. Davidson, Acting Deputy Director, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Experience and Achievements
Andrew Davidson has been selected to serve as the acting deputy director for USCIS. He began this role on April 17, 2023. In his permanent role, he serves as a senior counselor for Humanitarian Programs in the Office of the Director. He has served in this role since Oct. 23, 2022. Immediately prior to taking on the Senior Counselor role, he had been on a detail to the Office of the Director which began on April 2022. Previously, Davidson served as the acting deputy associate director of the Refugee, Asylum, and International Operations Directorate (RAIO) beginning in November 2021, and as the chief of the Asylum Division in RAIO beginning in October 2019.
Before joining RAIO, Davidson served as deputy associate director of the Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate (FDNS) beginning in March 2017. Before that he served as deputy associate director of the Immigration Records and Identity Services (IRIS) Directorate, beginning in August 2016, where he was appointed to the Senior Executive Service.
Davidson previously served as the acting chief of staff for the Miami and Caribbean District. From May to October 2015 and January to March 2016, Davidson served as acting deputy associate director of FDNS. From October 2013 to April 2015, he served as the Kendall Field Office director and acting director of the Oakland Park Field Office. In October 2011, Davidson was selected as special assistant to the USCIS deputy director. In that role, he also served as the DHS exchange officer to the Five Country Conference in New Zealand, where he led a high-level consortium of senior immigration officers to design a project focused on improving the integrity of each country’s immigration system.
Davidson began his civil service career at legacy INS as an immigration inspector at the Calexico Port of Entry in 1997. He later served as a district adjudications officer, supervisory adjudications officer, and FDNS immigration officer at the San Diego District Office. In 2006, with the creation of the USCIS Refugee Corps, Davidson transferred to USCIS headquarters. Davidson served in various roles within USCIS Refugee Affairs Division until 2011.
Before his career at INS and USCIS, Davidson served on active duty with the U.S. Navy. He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina.