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Request for Public Input: Identifying Barriers Across USCIS Benefits and Services

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is seeking comments from the public on how U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) can reduce barriers within its regulations and policies, including those that prevent foreign citizens from obtaining access to eligible immigration services and benefits in an effective and efficient manner.

Background On February 2, 2021, President Biden issued Executive Order (E.O.) 14012, “Restoring Faith in Our Legal Immigration Systems and Strengthening Integration and Inclusion Efforts for New Americans” directing responsible Federal agencies to identify strategies that promote inclusion and identify barriers that impede access to immigration benefits. Today, we published a Request for Public Input (RPI) to the Federal Register seeking your input on barriers to USCIS benefits and services, including but not limited to adjustment of status, naturalization, H-1B nonimmigrant status, refugee status, asylum and parole. We also welcome feedback about any regulations or processes that disproportionally burden disadvantaged, vulnerable or marginalized communities.

This effort will help DHS identify process improvements for USCIS that may benefit state, local, tribal or territorial governments, businesses (including small businesses and startups), educational institutions of all kinds, nonprofits and individuals.

USCIS is committed to providing opportunities for meaningful feedback and public engagement with the agency for all stakeholders. We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity.

To Submit Comments You may submit comments, identified by docket number USCIS-2021-0004, through Regulations.gov. Please follow the instructions for submitting comments. All written comments are requested on or before May 19, 2021. Comments submitted in a manner other than the one listed above, including e-mails or letters sent to DHS or USCIS officials, may not be reviewed by DHS. For more information on USCIS and its programs, please visit uscis.gov or follow us on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Facebook and LinkedIn.


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