Common Immigration Abbreviations Guide

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Common Immigration Abbreviations Guide

A/S Adjustment of Status
AAO Administrative Appeals Office (USCIS)
AC Associate Commissioner (Legacy INS)
AC21 American Competitiveness in the 21st Century Act
ACC Administrative Control Court (EOIR)
ACWIA American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act
ADD Assistant District Director. Also, ADDE (Examinations); ADDI (Investigations); ADDM (Management)
ADIT Alien Documentation, Identification and Telecommunications System
AEDPA Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996
AFACS A-Files Accountability and Control System
AFM Adjudicator's Field Manual
AG Attorney General of the United States
AMIS Asset Management Information System
AO Asylum Office(r)
AOS (1) Adjustment of Status (as used by USCIS); (2) Affidavit of Support (as used by the Department of State)
APA Administrative Procedure Act
ASC Application Support Center
AWO Affirmance Without Opinion
BALCA Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals (DOL)
BCC Border Crossing Card
BEC Backlog Elimination Center, Labor Dept. [Backlog Reduction Center]
BIA Board of Immigration Appeals (DOJ/EOIR)
BIT Bilateral Investment Treaty
BOP Bureau of Prisons (DOJ)
BP Border Patrol
BRC Backlog Reduction Center [now, Backlog Elimination Center] (DOL)
C/S or COS Change of Status
CAT U.N. Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment
CBP U.S. Customs and Border Protection (DHS)
CGFNS Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools
CIJ Chief Immigration Judge (EOIR)
CIS (1) U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services [more commonly, USCIS]; (2) "Center for Immigration Studies," a restrictionist group
CJA Criminal Justice Act
CLAIMS Computer Linked Application Information Management System (USCIS)
CLASS Consular Lookout and Support System (DOS)
CLN Certificate of Loss of Nationality
CMT Crime of Moral Turpitude [also, CIMT]
CO Certifying Officer (DOL)
COV Crime of Violence
CPT Curricular Practical Training
CR Conditional Resident
CSA Controlled Substances Act, 21 U.S.C. §844(a)
CSC California Service Center (USCIS)
CSPA Child Status Protection Act of 2002;
D/S Duration of Status
DD District Director (DHS & legacy INS)
DED Deferred Enforced Departure
DHS Department of Homeland Security
DO (1) District Office; (2) Deportation Officer
DOD Department of Defense
DOE; Date of Entry
DOJ Department of Justice
DOL Department of Labor
DOS Department of State
DOT Dictionary of Occupational Titles
DSO Designated School Official
DV Diversity Visa Lottery Program
E/S or EOS Extension of Status
EA Employment Authorization
EAC Eastern Adjudication Center [now, Vermont Service Center] (USCIS)
EAD Employment Authorization Document
EAJA Equal Access to Justice Act
EEV Electronic Employment Verification (E-Verify)
ENFORCE Enforcement Case Tracking System
EOIR Executive Office for Immigration Review (DOJ)
ER Expedited Removal
ETA Employment & Training Administration (DOL)
EVD Extended Voluntary Departure
EWI Entry without Inspection
FAM Foreign Affairs Manual (DOS)
FARES Fees and Applications Receipt and Entry System
FARRA Foreign Affairs Reform and Restructuring Act
FCCPT Foreign Credentialing Commission on Physical Therapy
FCI Federal Correctional Institution
FCN Treaty of Friendship, Commerce, and Navigation
FDC Federal Detention Center
FDF Federal Detention Facility
FFOA Federal First Offender Act
FGM Female Genital Mutilation
FMG Foreign Medical Graduate
FOIA Freedom of Information Act
FSN Foreign Service National (DOS)
FSO Foreign Service Officer (DOS)
FTO Foreign Terrorist Organization
GAL General Administration Letter (DOL)
GEMS General Counsel Management System
GPO Government Printing Office
H.R. House Report
HRIFA Haitian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act
HSA Homeland Security Act of 2002
IBIS Interagency Border Inspection System
ICE U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (DHS)
ICMS Investigations Case Management System
IDENT Automated Fingerprint Identification System
IFM Inspector's Field Manual
IG Inspector General
IIO Immigration Information Officer (USCIS)
IIRIRA Illegal Immigration Reform & Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (also IIRAIRA)
IJ Immigration Judge (EOIR)
IMFA Immigration Marriage Fraud Amendments Act of 1986
IMMACT90 Immigration Act of 1990
INA Immigration and Nationality Act
INS Immigration and Naturalization Service
INSPASS INS Passenger Accelerated Service System
INTCA Immigration and Nationality Technical Corrections Act of 1994
IO Immigration Officer
IR Immediate Relative
IRCA Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986
ISD Immigrant Services Division [now SCOPS] (USCIS)
IV Immigrant Visa
JRAD Judicial Recommendation Against Deportation
KCC Kentucky Consular Center (DOS)
LAU Legalization Appeals Unit
LAW Lawfully Authorized or Admitted Worker
LC Labor Certification
LCA Labor Condition Application
LIFE Legal Immigration and Family Equity Act of 2000
LIN Northern Service Center [now, USCIS Nebraska Service Center] (USCIS)
LPR Lawful Permanent Resident
MRD Machine Readable Document
MS&D Maintenance of Status and Departure bond
MSC Missouri Service Center [now, National Benefits Center]
MTINA Miscellaneous & Technical Immigration & Nationality Act Amendments of 1991
NACARA Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act
NACS Naturalization Automated Casework System
NAFTA North American Free Trade Agreement
NAILS National Automated Immigration Lookout System
Natz Naturalization
NBC National Benefits Center (USCIS)
NBCOT National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapists
NBCOTA Noncitizen Benefit Clarification and Other Technical Amendments Act of 1998
NCIC National Crime Information Center
NIF Notice of Intent to Fine
NIV Nonimmigrant Visa
NIW National Interest Waiver
NOF Notice of Findings (DOL)
NRC National Record Center (USCIS)
NSC Nebraska Service Center (USCIS)
NTA Notice to Appear
NVC National Visa Center (DOS)
O*NET Occupational Information Network (DOL)
O/S Out of Status, or Overstay
OARS Outlying Area Reporting Station
OCAHO Office of Chief Administration Hearing Officer (EOIR)
OCIJ Office of the Chief Immigration Judge (EOIR)
ODP Orderly Departure Program
OES Occupational Employment Statistics (DOL)
OI Operations Instructions (legacy INS)
OIC Officer-in-Charge
OIL Office of Immigration Litigation (DOJ)
OMB Office of Management and Budget
OOH Occupational Outlook Handbook (DOL)
OPPM Operating Policies and Procedures Memorandum (EOIR)
OPT Optional Practical Training
OSC Order to Show Cause
PERM Program Electronic Review Management System (DOL)
PIMS Petition Information Management System (DOS)
POE Port of Entry
PRC Permanent Resident Card (also called an Alien Registration Card or Green Card)
PT Practical Training
PTI Pretrial Intervention Program
QDE Qualified Designated Entity
RAW Replenishment Agricultural Worker
RC Regional Commissioner (Legacy INS)
RFE Request for Evidence
RIR Reduction in Recruitment (DOL)
RN Registered Nurse
RO Responsible Officer (J-1 Exchange Visitor Program)
RSC Regional Service Center (legacy INS)
RTD Refugee Travel Document
RVIS Remote Video Inspection System
S.R. Senate Report
SA Special Agent
SAO Security Advisory Opinion (DOS)
SAO Supervisory Adjudication Officer (USCIS)
SAW Special Agricultural Worker
SC Service Center (USCIS)
SCOPS Service Center Operations (USCIS)
SDAO Supervisory District Adjudications Officer (USCIS)
SENTRI Secure Electronic Network for Travelers Rapid Inspection
SEVIS Student & Exchange Visitor Information System
SEVP Student & Exchange Visitor Program
SK Specialized Knowledge (for L Visa)
SRC Southern Regional Center [now, Texas Service Center] (USCIS)
STEM Scientific, Technical, Engineering, Mathematics
SVP Specific Vocational Preparation
SWA State Workforce Agency (DOL)
TA Trial Attorney (ICE)
TAG Technical Assistance Guide No. 656—Labor Certifications (DOL)
TAL Technology Alert List (DOS)
TCN Third Country National
TEGL Training and Employment Guidance Letter (DOL)
TN Trade NAFTA
TPCR Transition Period Custody Rules
TPS Temporary Protected Status
TSA Transportation Security Administration (DHS)
TSC (1) Texas Service Center (USCIS), or (2) Terrorist Screening Center
TWOV Transit Without Visa
U.S.C.C.A.N. U.S. Code Cong. & Admin. News
UNHCR United Nations High Commission for Refugees
UPL Unauthorized Practice of Law
USC (1) U.S. Citizen or (2) U.S. Code U.S.C.
USCIS U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (DHS)
USSG U.S. Sentencing Guidelines
US-VISIT U.S. Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology Program (DHS)
VAWA Violence Against Women Act
VD Voluntary Departure
VGTOF Violent Gang or Terrorist Organization File
VIBE Validation Instrument for Business Enterprises Program
VO Visa Office (DOS)
VSC Vermont Service Center (USCIS)
VWP Visa Waiver Program [formerly, Visa Waiver Pilot Program (VWPP)]
WAC Western Adjudication Center [now, California Service Center] (USCIS)