Part A - Customer Service

13 U.S.C. 8 - Authenticated transcripts or copies of certain returns; other data; restriction on use; disposition of fees received

29 U.S.C. 701 - Rehabilitation Act

5 U.S.C. 552a(b) - Conditions of disclosure

8 CFR 208.6 - Disclosure to third parties

8 CFR 244.16 - Confidentiality in temporary protected status for nationals of designated states cases

8 CFR 245a.2 - Application for temporary residence

8 CFR 245a.21 - Confidentiality in Legal Immigration Family Equity (LIFE) Act cases

8 CFR 245a.3 - Application for adjustment from temporary to permanent resident status

8 CFR 274a.12 - Classes of aliens authorized to accept employment

8 U.S.C. 1367 - Penalties for disclosure of information

8 U.S.C. 1641 - Restrictions on public assistance

INA 101(i)(1) - Referral to nongovernmental organization

INA 210, 8 CFR 210 - Special agricultural workers

INA 244, 8 CFR 244 - Temporary protected status

INA 245A(c)(4) - Limitation on access to information


USCIS Customer Dissatisfaction Terms and Definitions

Appendix: USCIS Customer Dissatisfaction Terms and Definitions

USCIS Customer Dissatisfaction Terms and Definitions

Category and Definition


Who to Contact


Any communication received from a customer expressing dissatisfaction with USCIS. Complaints can be categorized as either “case-specific” or “non-case-specific.”

Case-specific complaints directly relate to cases processed by USCIS.Non-case-specific complaints refer to any dissatisfaction with USCIS that does not relate to a specific case.

Case-Specific Complaints

  • Cases outside normal processing times (ONPT)

  • Inaccurate or incomplete responses to case-related inquiries

  • Case processing errors 

  • Confusion regarding a notice or correspondence sent by USCIS

USCIS offices, in-person or by mail. (Addresses can be found at, under the “About Us” section.)

USCIS Contact Center toll-free number: 1-800-375-5283

(TTY number: 1-800-767-1833)

Non-Case-Specific Complaints 

  • Rude treatment by USCIS employees or contractors

  • Facility-related issues

  • Difficulty understanding forms, notices, instructions, or other general information

  • Administration of immigration laws or USCIS policies

USCIS offices, in-person or by mail. If at a USCIS office, contact a supervisor. (Addresses can be found at, under the “About Us” section.)

USCIS Contact Center toll-free number: 1-800-375-5283

(TTY number: 1-800-767-1833)


Actions of a USCIS employee or contractor that can be considered extreme or outrageous, including, but not limited to, criminal activity. [1]

  • Fraud, corruption, bribery, or embezzlement 

  • Perjury or falsification of documents or information

  • Physical assault or inappropriate conduct

  • Unauthorized release of classified information or unauthorized use or misuse of official government systems

  • Misuse of official position for private gain

  • Theft or misuse of government funds, vehicles, badges, credentials, secure forms, sensitive property, or other property

  • Arrest of an employee or contractor by law enforcement personnel

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG):

  • Phone: 1-800-323-8603;

  • Fax: 202-254-4297; or

  • Mail: DHS, OIG/MAIL STOP 0305, Attn: Office of Investigations -- Hotline, 245 Murray Lane, SW, Washington DC 20528-0305

USCIS Office of Security & Integrity (OSI):

  • Fax: 202-233-2453; or

  • Mail: Chief, Investigations Division, Office of Security and Integrity MS 2275, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, 633 Third Street NW, 3rd Floor, Washington, DC 20529-2275


1. [^] See Chapter 10, Reporting Allegations of Misconduct or Other Inappropriate Behavior [1 USCIS-PM A.10].

POLICY ALERT - Customer Service

August 26, 2014

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing policy guidance on its standards in customer service.


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