Immigration Glossary

This glossary of over 600 terms of Immigration Slang is inspired by our Attorney Allison Chan’s law school classmate Gary Muldoon, who co-authored “Criminal Law Slanguage of New York”.

1st Circuit The United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit is a federal court with appellate jurisdiction over the district courts in the District of Maine, the District of Massachusetts, the District of New Hampshire, the District of Puerto Rico, and the District of Rhode Island.(ME, NH, MA, PR, RI)

2nd Circuit The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit is one of the thirteen United States Courts of Appeals. Its territory comprises the states of Connecticut, New York, and Vermont, and the court has appellate jurisdiction over the district courts in the District of Connecticut, the Eastern District of New York, the Northern District of New York, the Southern District of New York, the Western District of New York, and the District of Vermont.(VT, NY, CT)

3rd Circuit The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (in case citations, 3d Cir.) is a federal court with appellate jurisdiction over the district courts for the District of Delaware, the District of New Jersey, the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the Middle District of Pennsylvania, and the Western District of Pennsylvania.(PA, NJ, DE)

4th Circuit The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit is a federal court located in Richmond, Virginia, with appellate jurisdiction over the district courts in the District of Maryland, the Eastern District of North Carolina, the Middle District of North Carolina, the Western District of North Carolina, the District of South Carolina, the Eastern District of Virginia, the Western District of Virginia, the Northern District of West Virginia, and the Southern District of West Virginia.(WV, MD, DC, VA, NC, SC)

5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit (MS, LA, TX)

6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit (MI, OH, KY, TN)

7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit (WI, IL, IN)

8th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit (ND, SD, NE, MN, IA, MO, AR)

9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit (CA, OR, WA, MT, ID, NV, AZ, AK, HI)

10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit (NM, CO, WY, UT, KS, OK)

11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit (AL, GA, FL)

212Waiver for Reapplication for Admission after a prior deportation order

212(a)(6)(C) Prior misrepresentation

212 (c) Waiver of Deportability or Removability

212 (h) Waiver: Criminal Grounds of Inadmissibility

245 (a) Adjustment of Status

245 (d)


246Rescission of Adjustment of Status

257 (b)

287(g) Allows state and local law enforcement entity to enter into a partnership

601Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility

601A Application for Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver

AA Arriving Alien

AAO Administrative Appeals Office

ABQ Albuquerque Field Office

AC21 American Competitiveness in the 21st Century Act

ACAAffordable Care Act

ACC Assistant Chief Counsel

ACFRC Advisory Committee on Family Residential Centers

ACG ACCRA Field Office (Ghana)

ACLU American Civili Liberties Union

ACM Administrative Confidential Memorandum

ACS American Citizen Services

ACWIAAmerican Competitiveness and Workplace Improvement Act

ADIS Arrival and Departure Information System

Admin. Close Administrative Closure



Affidavit of SupportA signed statement for the purpose of assuring the U.S. Government that the person will not become a “charge” of the government — will not require public assistance in any way.

AEWRAdverse Effect Wage Rates

ADISArrival Departure Information System

AFM Adjudicator’s Field Manual

AFOD Acting Field Office Director

AFOD Assistant Field Office Director

AGA Agana Field Office

Aggravated FelonyA broad category of criminal offenses that carry certain severe consequences for aliens seeking asylum, legal permanent resident status, citizenship, or avoidance of deportation proceedings.

AILA American Immigration Lawyers Association

ALB Albany Field Office

Alien Foreign Born Person living in the U.S.

ALJ Administrative Law Judge

AM1 Amerasian, born in Vietnam

AM2 Spouse/child of AM1 or AM6.

AM3Mother, guardian or relative of AM1 or AM6.

AM6 AM1 adjustment to LPR.

AM7 AM2 adjustment to LPR.

AM8AM3 adjustment to LPR.

ANC Anchorage Field Office

Annulment Legal procedure for declaring a marriage null and void

AO Asylum Officer


AOS Adjustment of Status

AP Advanced Parole

APA Administrative Procedures Act

APIS Advance Passenger Information System

Aquila (inspected)

ARTAssisted Reproductive Technology

ASC Applicant Support Center

ASISTA Assistance for Advocates and Attorney facing complex legal problems in advocating for immigrant survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault

ASP Adoption Service Provider

ASPOAsylum Pre-Screening Officers

ATD Alternative to Detention Programs

ATEP Alien Transfer Exit Program: This program is a joint effort between ICE and CBP that allows for the transportation of aliens out of an apprehending Southwest Border Patrol Sector for subsequent removal to Mexico through another Southwest Sector.

ATH Athens, Greece Field Office

ATL Atlanta District Office

ATS Automated Targeting System

ATSA Aviation and Transportation Security Act

Authorized by the Attorney General Describes an exercise of discretion by a public official.

Authorized stay


B and B

BAL Baltimore District Office

BCG Bacillus Calmette-Guerin

BCJ Backer County Jail

BCU Basic Command Unit

BEI Beijing Field Office

BF Bona Fide: Term generally used for Adjustment of Status to Green Card on

BFC Bible Fellowship Church

BFC Business Financial Consultant

BFRC Berks Family Residential Center


BIA Board of Immigration Appeals

Bill of Costs of Instructions of 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals

Biometrics Identification of humans by their characteristics or traits

Bo Cooper Memo

BOI Boise Field Office

BOP Bureau of Prisons

Border Patrol

BOS Boston District Office

BSS Biometric Storage System

BTB Beyond the Border

BTC “Business Traveler’s Corner” webpage on class=SpellE>CBPnetsecure site

BUF Buffalo District Office

CAA Cuban Adjustment Act

CAHO Chief Administrative Hearing Officer

Cancel Green Card

Cancellation under section 240A(b) (1)

CAM Central American Minors

CAM-AOR Form DS-7699, Affidavit of Relationships(AOR) for Minors who are Nationals of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras

CAP Criminal Alien Program

CARA Catholic Legal Immigration Network; American Immigration Counsel; Refugee and Immigrant Center for  Education and Legal Service; American Immigration Lawyers Association

CARRP- Controlled application review and resolution program

CASEL Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning

CAVSS Centralized Area Surveillance System

CBP U.S. Customs and Border Protection

CBP I-95A Crewman’s Landing Permit (for foreign crewmen between trips)

CC Chief Counsel

CCA Corrections Corporations of America

CCD Consular Consolidated Database

CDC Centers for Disease Control

CDH Community and Detainee Helpline (by ICE)

CDJ Ciudad Juarez

CFCredible Fear

CF1 Spouse of U.S. Citizen, entered as fiancé(e), subject to 2-year conditional residency

CF2 Step-child of CF1

CFPB Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

CFDOThe Center Fraud Detection Operation

CFI Credible Fear Interview

CFR Code of Federal Regulations

CG Coast Guard

CGRS Center for Gender and Refugee Studies

CHA Charlotte Amalie Field Office

Chevron Deference Chevron Deference is allowed only when the agency action “carries the force of law”: The Supreme Court holds that administrative implementation of a particular statutory provision qualifies for Chevron Deference when it appears that Congress delegated authority to the agency generally to make rules carrying the force of law, and that the agency interpretation claiming deference was promulgated in the exercise of that authority.

Chevron Opinion Chevron, U.S.A., Inc. v. Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc., 467 U.S. 837, 842 (1984)

CHI Chicago District Office

CHILD Step (under 18), Adopted (under 16), No longer Child over 21

Chinese Exclusion Act

CHL Charleston, SC Field Office

CHR Christiansted, Virgin Islands, Field Support Office

CHS Charleston, WV Field Support Office

CIMT Crime Involving Moral Turpitude

CIN Cincinnati Field Office

CIR Comprehensive Immigration Reform

CIS Citizenship and Immigration Services

CIV Customer Identity Verification

CLASS Consular Lookout and Support System

CLE Cleveland District Office

CLT Charlotte Field Office

CLM Columbus Field Office

CM/ECF Case Management/Electronic Case Files, case management system used by Circuit Courts

CMA Computer Matching Agreement

CNJ Mount Laurel Field Office

CNMI Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

Conditional Lawful Permanent Residence

COOP Continuity of Operations


CPDO Conditional Parole for Deportation Only

CPR Conditional Permanent Resident

CR Criminal Record

CRCL Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

CRD Central Operations Region

CR7 Child of U.S. Citizen, subject to 2-year Conditional Residency

CRCL Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

CS&C Office of Cybersecurity and Communications

CSC California Service Center

CSI Container Security Initiative

CSPA Child Status Protection Act

CTCEU Counterterrorism and Criminal Exploitation Unit

CU6 Cuban native or citizen has access to lawful permanent residence under the Cuban Adjustment Act (CAA)

CU7 Non-Cuban spouse or child accompanying a Cuban native or citizen has access to lawful permanent residence under the Cuban Adjustment Act (CAA)

Cuban Adjustment Act or CAA 1966/76 US law permitting Cuban natives or citizens and their accompanying families access to lawful permanent residence

Custody In Detention

CVC Chula Vista Field Office

CVF Crime Victims Fund DA

CVTF Common Vetting Task Force

DACA Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

DACSDeportable Alien Control System

DAL Dallas District Office

DARDigital Audio Recording

David Neufeld 2008 Memo Discusses an exception to the requirement that an alien filing for adjustment of status have a continuous lawful status.  For those seeking certain immigrant visas who entered the country lawfully, it was sufficient that they not be out of lawful status for more than periods that aggregate to 180 days.

DCC Deputy Chief Counsel

DEN Denver District Office


Derivative Beneficiary

DET Detroit District Office

DHHS Department of Health and Human Services

DHS Department of Homeland Security

DHS Science & Technology Directorate

DHS TRIP DHS Traveler Redress Inquiry Program

DO Deportation Officer

DO District Office

DOJ Department of Justice

DOL Department of Labor

DOS Department of State

DPIAC Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee

DRO Detention and Removal Operations

DS-3097 Notice Of Request For Public Comment And Submission To OMB Of Proposed Collection Of Information.

DSM Des Moines Field Office

DSO Designated School Official

DSP-150 USA B1/B2 Border Crossing Card (BCC) for temporary visitors for business or pleasure (B1/B2) who are Mexican citizens residing near the U.S. border

DUI Driving under the Influence

DV Domestic Violence

DVD Dover Field Support Office

DWAI Driving while Ability Impaired

E-1Treaty Traders

E-2Treaty Investors

E-Verify An Internet-based system that compares information from an employee’s Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to data from U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Social Security Administration records to confirm employment eligibility.

EAD Employment Authorization Document

EADM ENFROCE Alien Detention Model

EB Employment-Based

EB 1

EB 11

EB 12

EB 13

EB 2

EB 3

EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program

EC6 Alien covered by Chinese Student Protection Act

EC7 Spouse covered by Chinese Student Protection Act

EC8 Child covered by Chinese Student Protection Act

ECN Enterprise Collaboration Network

ECPDO Early Conditional Parole for Deportation Only

ECS Enhanced Cybersecurity Services

EFTS Electronic Fingerprint Transmission Specification

ELP El Paso Field Office

EIR Entrepreneurs in Residence: The Entrepreneurs in Residence model brings together professionals with diverse talents from inside and outside government to work together as a team on outcome-oriented solutions within a short and focused time frame.

ELIS Electronic Immigration System

EMS Emergency Management System



Entrepreneurs in Residence (EIR)

EO Executive Order

EOIR Executive Office for Immigration Review

EOIR-42B and EOIR-42A Cancellation of Removal

eRegistry Electronic Registry

ERO Enforcement and Removal Operations

ERP Employee Referral Program

ERP Executive Review Panel

ESL English as a second Language

ESTA Electronic System for Travel Authorization

ETA Employment and Training Administration

EWI Entry without Inspection

Exceptional Hardship

Exclusion Prior to the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996, the formal term for denial of an alien’s entry into the United States.

Extraordinary Hardship

Extreme Hardship

F1 Family Preference Category 1: unmarried sons or daughters of US Citizens

F2A Family Preference Category 2A: spouses and children of Permanent Residents

F2B Family Preference Category 2B: unmarried sons and daughters (21 years or age or older) of Permanent Residents

F3 Family Preference Category 3: married sons and daughters of U.S. Citizens

F4 Family Preference Category 4: brothers and sisters of adult U.S. Citizens

FB Family-based

FCMP Family Case Management Program

FDBFraud Detection Branch

FDNS Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate

FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency

FIPPs Fair Information Practice Principles

FIR Field Interview Report

FISMA Score Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002

FKG Frankfurt Field Office

FLETC Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers

FLSFarm Labor Survey

Flight Risk A person or defendant who is likely to flee the state or area to avoid prosecution

FO Final Order

FOD Field Office Director

FOIA Freedom of Information or Privacy Act

FRAP Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure

FRC Family Residential Center

FRE Fresno Field Office

FRS Family Residential Standards

FPS Federal Protective Service

FQHC Federally Qualified Health Center

FSA Fort Smith Field Office

FVPSA Family Violence Prevention and Services Act

FY Fiscal Year

G-56 Second Adjustment of Status Interview Notice

GAO Government Accountability Office

GC Green Card

GCU Garden City Field Office

GEMSGeneral Counsel Electronic Management System

GMCGood Moral Character

GMS Global Migration Section

GMT Guatemala City Field Office

GRR Greer Field Support Office

GZH Guangzhou Field Office

H-1B Nonimmigrant specialty occupation worker

H-2B The Labor Certification Program for Temporary Non-Agricultural Workers

HAR Hartford Field Office

HAV Havana Field Office

HCM Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Field Office

HEL Helena Field Office

HERP Program Haitian Family Reunification Parole

HHS U.S Department of  Health and Human Services

HHW Honolulu District Office

HIPAA Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act

HLG Harlingen Field Office

HOH Head of Household

HOU Houston District Office

Howard Memo 2005 ICE memorandum regarding exercising prosecutorial discretion to dismiss adjustment cases

HPV Human Papillomavirus

HSI Homeland Security Investigations

HQASMHeadquarters Asylum Division

HSA Health Services Administrator

HSIN Homeland Security Information Network

I-17 Petition for Approval of School for Attendance by Nonimmigrant Student

I-129 CW CNMI(Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands)-Only Nonimmigrant Transitional Worker

I-129 F Petition for Fiancée

I-129 H1B Nonimmigrant Specialty Occupation Worker

I-129 H2 Temporary Nonimmigrant Worker

I-129 H3 Temporary Nonimmigrant Trainee

I-129 L Nonimmigrant Intracompany Transferee

I-129 O Nonimmigrant Extraordinary Ability Worker

I-129 P1, P2, P3 Athletes, Artists and Entertainers

I-129 Q Cultural Exchange Worker

I-129 R Nonimmigrant Religious Worker

I-130 Petition for Alien Relative

I-131 Application for Travel Document

I-140 Immigration Petition for Alien Worker

I-140 EB1 (A) Alien with Extraordinary Ability

I-140 EB1 (B) Outstanding Professor or Researcher

I-140 EB1 (C) Multinational Manager or Executive

I-140 EB2 (D) Advanced Degree Professional

I-140 EB2 (I) National Interest Waiver

I-140 EB3 (E) Skilled or Professional Worker

I-140 EB3 (G) Other Worker

I-184 Alien Crewman Landing Permit and Identification Card (for temporary shore leave while in port)

I-192Application for Advance Permission to Enter as Nonimmigrant

I-212 Application to Reapply for Admission

I-213 Record of Deportable Alien

I-247 Immigration Detainer

I-246 Stay of Deportation or Removal


I-352 Bond Breach

I-360 EB4 Petition for Religious Worker

I-360 A Amerasian

I-360 C Special Immigrant Juvenile

I-360 K Special Immigrant Afghanistan or Iraq National Translator

I-360 VAWA Violence Against Women Act Petition

I-360 E Special Immigrant Canal Zone

I-360 F Special Immigrant Physician

I-360 H Special Immigrant Armed Forces Member

I-360 G Special Immigrant International Organization Employee

I-360 L Special Immigrant Iraq National US Employee

I-360 M Special Immigrant Other

I-485 Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status

I-485 LIFE LIFE Act Adjustment Application

I-485 Dplmt Section 13 Adjustment Application

I-485 T T Visa Nonimmigrant Adjustment

I-485 U U Visa Nonimmigrant Adjustment

I-526 EB5 Alien Entrepreneur

I-600 Petition for Orphan

I-601 Application for Waiver of Inadmissibility

I-612 Application for 212(e) Waiver

I-687 Legalization application for Temporary Residence

I-690 Legalization/SAW-Waiver Grounds of Excludability

I-698 Legalization Adjustment Application

I-700 Special Agricultural Worker

I-765 Application for Employment Authorization

I-800 Convention Adoption as an Immediate Relative

I-821 Temporary Protected Status


I-94 Arrival/Departure Record

I-94W Nonimmigrant Visa Waiver Arrival/Departure Record

I-905 Application to Issue Certificate for Health Care Workers

I-914 Application for T Nonimmigrant Status

I-918 Petition for U Nonimmigrant Status

I-924 Application for Regional Center

I-929 Qualifying Family Member of a U Nonimmigrant

I&A Office of Intelligence and Analysis

IAImmigration Analyst

IACHR Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

IAEAImmigration Accountability Executive Action

IAFIS Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System

IAP Immigration Advisory Program

IAPP International Association of Privacy Professional

IC Intelligence Community

ICAM Identiy, Credentialing, and Access Management

ICE Immigration and Customs Enforcement

iCERT iCERT Visa Portal System provides a single point-of entry for employers, attorneys, and agents to file and track their employment-based visa applications

IdM Identity Management

IDEA Individuals With Disabilities Education Act

IDENT Automated Biometric Identification System

IDP Institutional Disciplinary Panel

IDP Identity Proofing Service

IEP Individualized Education  Program

IFM Inspector’s Field Manual (CBP Officers have been instructed not to refer to the IFM. Officers have been given access to a new, electronic instruction manual that is currently under development and which has not been made publicly available.)

IGA Office of Intergovernmental Affairs

IGB International Governance Board

IGRA Interferon-Gamma Release Assays

IHSC ICE Health Service Corps

IIR Intelligence Information Report

IIRIRA Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act

IJ Immigration Judge

IPASIllicit Pathways Attack Strategy

ILRC Immigration Legal Resource Center

IMAGE ICE Mutual Agreement between Government & Employers

IMP Imperial Field Support Office


INA Immigration and Nationality Act

In Abeyance

In Absentia

INA Immigration and Nationality Act

INA § 204(c)

InfoPass InfoPass is a free service that lets an individual schedule an appointment with a USCIS Immigration Officer by using the internet at any time of day or night

INP Indianapolis Field Office

INS Immigration and Naturalization Service


IO Immigration Officer

IOM International Organization of Migration

IPAS Illicit Pathways Attack Strategy

IRAC The Immigration & Refugee Appellate Center

IR0 Parent of adult U.S. Citizen

IR7Child of U.S. Citizen

IRI Interior Repatriation Initiative

IRTPA Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004

ISAA Information Sharing Access Agreement

ISAP Intensive Supervision Appearance Program

ISCC Information Sharing Coordinating Council

ISE Information Sharing Environment

ISO Immigration Services Officer (USCIS)

ISSGB Information Sharing and Safeguarding Governance Board

ITRAC Importer Trade Activity Reopen


JAC Jacksonville Field Office

JAK Jackson Field Support Office

JCAHO Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Health Care Organizations

JFRMU Juvenile and Family Residential Management Unit

JHS Johannesburg Field Office

JMTR Joint Motion to Reopen

John Moritz Memo

KAN Kansas City District Office

KNG Kingston, Jamaica Field Office

Lawful immigrant status

Lawful status

Lawful Status Implies a right protected by law

LC Labor Certification

LDN London Field Office

LEA Law Enforcement Agencies

Legal status

LEP Limited Engish Proficient

LIRS Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service

LMA Lima, Peru Field Office

LOP Local Operating Procedures

LOS Los Angeles Field Office

LotteryMarriage status if use 3-year exemption

LOU Louisville Field Office

LPR Lawful Permanent Resident

LVG Las Vegas Field Office

MAN Manchester Field Office

MAVNI A pilot program for expedited naturalization for medical personnel and interpreters enlisted in the military and considered vital to the national interest

MDQ Mood Disorders Questionnaire

Mead Opinion United States v. Mead Corp., 533 U.S. 218, 226-27 (2001): The Mead Opinion recognizes that “agencies charged with applying a statute necessarily make all sorts of interpretive choices, and while not all of those choices bind judges to follow them, “an agency’s reasoned views are entitled to respectful consideration.

Mead Opinion United States v. Mead Corp., 533 U.S. 218, 226-27 (2001)

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

MHP Mental Health Professional

MIA Miami District Office

MIL Milwaukee Field Office

MISX Migrant Student Information Exchange

MIV Modernized Immigrant Visa Process

Motion to Reopen (Court) Must be filed within 90 days of a final action

Motion to Reopen (USCIS) Must be filed within 30 days on a 290B with a FF payable to U.S. Department of Homeland Security

MPH Manila, Philippines Field Office

MTR Monterrey, Mexico Field Office

MOSMoscow Field Office

MOU Memorandum of Understanding

MRC Management Review Committee

N-470 Application to Preserve Residence

N-565 Replacement Naturalization/Citizenship Document

N-600 Certificate of Citizenship

N-643 Certificate of Citizenship for Adopted Child

NAFTA North America Free Trade Agreement

NAMI National Alliance for Mentally Ill

NARA National Archives and Records Administration


NBC National Benefits Center

NBO Nairobi, Kenya Field Office

NCQA National Committee for Quality Assurance

NCTC National Counterterrorism Center

NCTIC National Technical Assistance Center on Trauma Informed Care

NDI New Delhi Field Office

NDS National Detention Standards

NEW New Jersey District Office

NGO Non-governmental Organization

NIF Notice of Intent to Fine


NIST National Institute for Standards and Technology

NIWAP National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project

NOC National Operations Center

NOI Notice of inspection

NOID Notice of Intent to Deny

NOIRNotice of Intent to Revoke

NOL New Orleans District Office

NOR Norfolk Field Office


NPPD National Protection and Programs Directorate

NPRM Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

NPWC National Prevailing Wage Center

NRC National Records Center

NSC Nebraska Service Center

NSTAC National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee

NTA Notice to Appear

NSTC National Science and Technology Council

NPSBN Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network

NVC National Visa Center

NW National Waiver

NYC New York City District Office

OBIM Office of Biometric Identity Management

OCAHO Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer

OCC Office of the Chief Counsel

OCIO Office of the Chief Information Officer

OCS Outer Continental Shelf

ODNI Office of the Director of National Intelligence

OFLC Office of Foreign Labor Certification

OFO Office of Field Operations

OGC Office of the General Counsel

OIG Office of the Inspector General

OIP DOJ Office of Information Policy

OKC Oklahoma City Field Office

OMA Omaha Field Office

OMB Office of Management and Budget

OOC Outside of Country (the United States)

OOS Out of Status

OPLA Office Of the Principal Legal Advisor

OPS DHS Office of Operations Coordination and Planning

ORL Orlando Field Office

ORR Office of Refugee Resettlement

OSC Office of Special Counsel for Immigration Related Unfair Employment Practices

OSD Office of the Secretary of Defense

USDA United States Department of Agriculture

OSUP Order of Supervision

OVW Office on Violence Against Women


PACT Privacy Administrative Coordination Team

Padilla v. Kentucky U.S. Supreme Court case on affirmative duty of all lawyers to give the accused the immigration consequences of civil/criminal cases

PAP Port-Au-Prince, Haiti Field Office

Parole Unit


PBIS Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports

PBNDS Performance Based National Detention Standards

PCL Abbreviated Post-Traumatic Stress Check List

PCP Primary Care Physician

PCR Privacy Compliance Review

PD Priority Date

PD Prosecutorial Discretion

PERM Permanent Labor Certification Program

PFR Petition for Review

PHI Philadelphia District Office

PHI Protected Health Information

PHO Phoenix Field Office

Photo substitute passport photos

PHQ-9 Patient Health Questionnaire-9

PIA Privacy Impact Assessment

PII Personally identifiable information

PIHG Privacy Incident Handling Guidance

PIRC Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center

PIT Pittsburgh Field Office

PKI Public Key Infrastructure

PLCY Office of Policy

PM Policy Memorandum

PNM Panama City Field Office

PNR Passenger Name Record

POC Point of Contact

POM Portland, ME Field Office

POMS Program Operations Manual System

POO Portland, OR Field Office

PPAT Privacy Policy and Advocacy Team

PPD Presidential Policy Directive

PPOC Privacy Point of Contact

PRA Privacy Reduction Act

PREA Prison Rape Elimination Act

PRM Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration

PRO Providence Field Office

PSA Public Service Announcement

PSR Presentence Investigations Report (aka PSI, PSIR)

PTA Privacy Threshold Analysis

PTA Protection Transfer Arrangement

Public Charge

PWD Prevailing Wage Determination

Quota Current

RAD Refugee Affairs Division

RAIO Refugee, Asylum, and International Operations Directorate

RFReasonable Fear

RAL Raleigh-Durham Field Office

RAPS Refugees, Asylum and Parole System

RAPS Robotic Aircraft for Public Safety

RAVU Refugee Access Verification Unit

RCA Risk Classification Assessment

Real I.D. Act

Referral Notice Referral of asylum I-589 to court, CIS cannot deny an asylum case unless the Alien is in status


REN Reno Field Office

Repatriation Initiative (IRI)

RFE Request for Further Evidence

RO Reports Officer

ROMC Reports Officer management Council

RPI Registered Provisional Immigrants

RSC Resettlement Support Center

S&T Science & Technology Directorate

S.744 Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act

SA Sexual Assault

SAA Santa Ana Field Office

SAC Sacramento Field Office

SAJ San Juan Field Office

SAMHSA Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

SAN San Salvador Field Office

SAO San Antonio District Office

SAO Security Advisory Opinion

SAOP Senior Agency Officials for Privacy

SAR Suspicious Activity Reporting

SARTs Sexual Assault Response Teams

SARRTs Sexual Assault Response and Resource Teams

SAUSA Special Assistant U.S. Attorney

SAVE Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements

SBA United States Small Business Administration

SBD San Bernardino Field Office

SBU Sensitive but Unclassified

SDDO Supervisory Detention and Deportation Officer

SDM Santo Domingo Field Office

SEA Seattle Field Office

Segregation Solitary Confinement

SEK Seoul, South Korea Field Office

Self Deportation

SEVIS Student and Exchange Visitor Information System

SEVP Student and Exchange Visitor Program

SFR San Francisco Field Office

SHU Special Housing Unit

SIEA Supervisory Immigration Enforcement Agent

SIJ Special Immigration Juvenile

SIJS Special Immigration Juvenile Status

SLC Salt Lake City Field Office

SIOP Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol

SIT Secondary Inspections Tool

SIV Special Immigrant Visa

Skidmore v. Swift & Co., 323 U.S. 134, 140 (1944) Under this standard, the “weight of such a judgment in a particular case will depend upon the thoroughness evident in its consideration, the validity of its reasoning, its consistency with earlier and later pronouncements, and all those factors which give it power to persuade, if lacking power to control.”

SME Subject Matter Expert

SMOUT Social Media Operational Use Template

SnakeheadAn illegal smuggler of people, principally operating in the Fujian region of China, and using methods such as document forgery, exorbitant fees, and gang tactics.

SND San Diego Field Office

SNJ San Jose Field Office

SOC Security Operations Center

SOFStatement of Findings

SORN System of Records Notice

SOP Standard operating procedure

Special Assistant U.S. Attorney (SAUSA)

SPM St. Paul Field Office

SPO Spokane Field Office

SS Secret Service

SSI Sensitive Security Information

SSN Social Security Number

SSNAP Social Security Number Application Process

STA St. Albans Field Office

Statutory Interpretation

Stay of Deportation or Removal

Staying Process

STD Sexually Transmitted Disease

STEMScience, Technology, Engineering, and Math

STL St. Louis Field Office

Strategy to Combat Transnational Organized Crime initiative

Sua Sponte

SUAS Small Unmanned Aircraft System

Successor in Interest

SWA State Workforce Agency

TA Trial Attorney

TAL Technology Alert List

TAM Tampa District Office

Technically Out of Control

Temporary Worker



TGU Tegucigalpa, Honduras Field Office

TICC Trauma Informed Care Coordinator

Tier 1, 2 USCIS Customer Support Officers Tier level

TMAP Texas Medication Algorithm Project

TNC Tentative Nonconfirmations

TPS Temporary Protected Status


Travel Document

TRIGterrorism-related grounds of inadmissibility

TSA Transportation Security Administration

TSC Texas Service Center

TUC Tucson Field Office

TVPA Trafficking Victims Protection Act

TVPRA WilliamWilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008

TWIC Transportation Worker Identification Credential

U Visa Victims of Criminal Activity


UAC Unaccompanied Alien Children

UAS Unmanned Aircraft System

UDC Unit Disciplinary Committee

UNHCR United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

UNICEF United Nations Children’s Fund

Unlawfully Present

UNODC United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

USAID United States Agency for International Development

US-VISIT United States Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology Program

USBP U.S Border Patrol

USC U.S. Citizen

USCG United States Coast Guard

USCIRF United States Commission on International Religious Freedom

USCIS U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

USCRI U.S. Committee for Refugee and Immigrants


USSS U.S. Secret Service

US-VISIT United States Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology

VAWA Violence Against Women Act

VD Voluntary Departure

VIBE Validation Instrument for Business Enterprises

Visa Mantis Check Background check by the U. S. State Department to investigate whether a visa applicant intends to violate U.S. laws prohibiting export of sensitive goods, technology, or information

VNA Vienna Field Office

VRA Visa Reform Act

VSC Vermont Service Center

VSPVisa Security Program

VWP Visa Waiver Program

WAS Washington District Office

WB or WTClass of admission shown on Admission Stamp in unexpired foreign passport Visitor for business (WB) or pleasure (WT) under the Visa Waiver Program effective May 2010

WBP West Palm Beach Field Office

WHO World Health Organization

WIC Wichita Field Support Office

Widow with ICE

WRC Womens’s Refugee Commission

WSC Western Service Center

WSE Worksite Enforcement

XLA East Los Angeles Field Support Office

YAK Yakima Field Office

Yates MemoAbility to pay analyst

ZAR Arlington Asylum Office

ZCH Chicago Asylum Office

ZHN Houston Asylum Office

ZLA Los Angeles Asylum Office

ZMI Miami Asylum Office

ZNY New York Asylum Office

ZNK Newark Asylum Office

ZSF San Francisco Asylum Office

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