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Overview of INS History
Early American Immigration Policies
Origins of the Federal Immigration Service
Origins of the Federal Naturalization Service
Mass Immigration and WWI
Era of Restriction
World War II
Post-War Years
Late Twentieth Century
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 USCIS benefits from a legacy of more than 100 years of federal immigration and naturalization administration.  This section of our website provides basic historical information about USCIS, INS, and their predecessors.

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