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Immigration Agencies

The relevant government agencies that administer the U.S. immigration laws and links to resources to learn more about them.

EOIR – Executive Office of Immigration Review (Immigration Court)

BIA – Board of Immigration Appeals

AAO – Administrative Appeals Office

The Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) conducts administrative review of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officers’ decisions regarding immigration benefit requests

OPLA / OCC – Office of Principal Legal Advisor or Office of Chief Counsel

OPLA is under ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) and it is the office that handles the prosecution of removal proceedings before the EOIR.

USCIS – U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is the federal agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States.

USCIS Asylum Offices

Find Asylum Office
Responsible for:

  • Conducting protection screenings;
  • Adjudicating asylum and refugee applications; and
  • Adjudicating other immigration benefits both domestically and internationally.

USCIS Application Support Centers (ASC)

Most people known these locations as where they attend their biometrics appointment to
have their fingerprints and photo taken by USCIS in connection to their immigration

Find ASC Office

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