USCIS Plain Language

USCIS is dedicated to improving how we communicate with the public. We support the Plain Writing Act of 2010 and have an internal plain language program. We created several writing tips videos to help our employees improve the clarity of USCIS communications. Other federal agencies may use these videos to help train employees as well.


Don’t leave your readers drowning in alphabet soup.

USCIS Plain Language: Acronyms

Active Voice

Don’t hide who or what is doing the action in a sentence.

USCIS Plain Language: Active Voice


Break information into easy to read lists.

USCIS Plain Language: Bullets


Use pronouns to speak directly to your reader.

USCIS Plain Language: Pronouns


Take the time to catch mistakes before publishing your document.

USCIS Plain Language: Proofreading

Put Your Main Message First

Lead with what’s important to your reader.

USCIS Plain Language: Put Your Main Message First


Make complex information easier to follow.

USCIS Plain Language: Tables
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