US Citizenship and Immigration Services

USCIS needs to better track its laptops, IG says

The U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services agency has a few holes in its inventory of its laptop computers, according to an audit.

Probe finds insider hacking at immigration agency

Several instances of internal hacking have been discovered at the Bureau of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

USCIS telework may add to privacy risks, IG says

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services might be exposing its data to greater risks because of workers carrying files home for teleworking, a report says.

Contractor goes up the river for tampering with USCIS computer files

A former employee of Dell Perot Systems gets prison time for altering computer systems records so illegal aliens could get valid U.S. passports, Nextgov reports.

E-Verify has self-check to verify job eligibility

Job seekers and employees can verify their employment eligibility online through the new E-Verify Self-Check program.

USCIS proposes new electronic registration for H1B visa applications

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency is planning a new electronic system to register in advance employers petitioning for H-1B visas on behalf of workers from other countries.

E-Verify improves but still can't detect ID theft, GAO says

The Homeland Security Department's E-Verify employment verification system has gotten better at processing applications on the first try but still remains vulnerable to identity theft, a new report says.

U.S. advised to digitize visa system

The United States should upgrade its immigration system by digitizing the process and making more visas available to highly skilled workers, according to a Brookings Institution briefing.

DHS used Facebook for investigations, group reveals

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has released two policy memos about a policy dating to the administration of President George W. Bush of "friending" and "following" people on Facebook and Twitter for the purpose of investigations.

How secure is your facility?

Two federal judges--one who decides Social Security cases, and another who presides over immigration cases--this week detailed the growing threat of violence that they, along with their families, face.

U.S. issues redesigned, RFID-enhanced 'green cards'

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has begun issuing its new residency card for permanent residents that include holographic images, laser-engraved fingerprints and high-resolution micro-images to deter counterfeiting.

USCIS saves $600K through videoconferencing

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency is saving $600,000 a year by moving its employee training sessions online.

E-Verify fails to catch half of unauthorized workers, study reveals

About 3 percent of the E-Verify caseload consists of workers who improperly gained approvals from E-Verify to work in the United States, says a report commissioned by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

USCIS redesigns Web site to improve usability, access

Obama administration sees redesigned site as a model for others.

Citizenship agency launches interactive Web site

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has launched a revamped Web site that lets users track their applications and petitions online. The new USCIS.gov site also makes national trend and raw data available.

IT upgrades, increased public interaction coming for Citizenship and Immigration Services

Alejandro Mayorkas, the new director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, said he wants the agency to be more engaged with the public and also to move into the electronic age.

DHS starts social network about Southwestern border

The Homeland Security Department is using a site called Ning.com to host a new social network that focuses on topics related to the Southwest border.