Common Immigration Abbreviations Guide

A/SAdjustment of Status
AAOAdministrative Appeals Office (USCIS)
ACAssociate Commissioner (Legacy INS)
AC21American Competitiveness in the 21st Century Act
ACCAdministrative Control Court (EOIR)
ACWIAAmerican Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act
ADDAssistant District Director. Also, ADDE (Examinations); ADDI (Investigations); ADDM (Management)
ADITAlien Documentation, Identification and Telecommunications System
AEDPAAnti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996
AFACSA-Files Accountability and Control System
AFMAdjudicator’s Field Manual
AGAttorney General of the United States
AMISAsset Management Information System
AOAsylum Office(r)
AOS(1) Adjustment of Status (as used by USCIS); (2) Affidavit of Support (as used by the Department of State)
APAAdministrative Procedure Act
ASCApplication Support Center
AWOAffirmance Without Opinion
BALCABoard of Alien Labor Certification Appeals (DOL)
BCCBorder Crossing Card
BECBacklog Elimination Center, Labor Dept. [Backlog Reduction Center]
BIABoard of Immigration Appeals (DOJ/EOIR)
BITBilateral Investment Treaty
BOPBureau of Prisons (DOJ)
BPBorder Patrol
BRCBacklog Reduction Center [now, Backlog Elimination Center] (DOL)
C/S or COSChange of Status
CATU.N. Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment
CBPU.S. Customs and Border Protection (DHS)
CGFNSCommission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools
CIJChief Immigration Judge (EOIR)
CIS(1) U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services [more commonly, USCIS]; (2) “Center for Immigration Studies,” a restrictionist group
CJACriminal Justice Act
CLAIMSComputer Linked Application Information Management System (USCIS)
CLASSConsular Lookout and Support System (DOS)
CLNCertificate of Loss of Nationality
CMTCrime of Moral Turpitude [also, CIMT]
COCertifying Officer (DOL)
COVCrime of Violence
CPTCurricular Practical Training
CRConditional Resident
CSAControlled Substances Act, 21 U.S.C. §844(a)
CSCCalifornia Service Center (USCIS)
CSPAChild Status Protection Act of 2002;
D/SDuration of Status
DDDistrict Director (DHS & legacy INS)
DEDDeferred Enforced Departure
DHSDepartment of Homeland Security
DO(1) District Office; (2) Deportation Officer
DODDepartment of Defense
DOE;Date of Entry
DOJDepartment of Justice
DOLDepartment of Labor
DOSDepartment of State
DOTDictionary of Occupational Titles
DSODesignated School Official
DVDiversity Visa Lottery Program
E/S or EOSExtension of Status
EAEmployment Authorization
EACEastern Adjudication Center [now, Vermont Service Center] (USCIS)
EADEmployment Authorization Document
EAJAEqual Access to Justice Act
EEVElectronic Employment Verification (E-Verify)
ENFORCEEnforcement Case Tracking System
EOIRExecutive Office for Immigration Review (DOJ)
ERExpedited Removal
ETAEmployment & Training Administration (DOL)
EVDExtended Voluntary Departure
EWIEntry without Inspection
FAMForeign Affairs Manual (DOS)
FARESFees and Applications Receipt and Entry System
FARRAForeign Affairs Reform and Restructuring Act
FCCPTForeign Credentialing Commission on Physical Therapy
FCIFederal Correctional Institution
FCNTreaty of Friendship, Commerce, and Navigation
FDCFederal Detention Center
FDFFederal Detention Facility
FFOAFederal First Offender Act
FGMFemale Genital Mutilation
FMGForeign Medical Graduate
FOIAFreedom of Information Act
FSNForeign Service National (DOS)
FSOForeign Service Officer (DOS)
FTOForeign Terrorist Organization
GALGeneral Administration Letter (DOL)
GEMSGeneral Counsel Management System
GPOGovernment Printing Office
H.R.House Report
HRIFAHaitian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act
HSAHomeland Security Act of 2002
IBISInteragency Border Inspection System
ICEU.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (DHS)
ICMSInvestigations Case Management System
IDENTAutomated Fingerprint Identification System
IFMInspector’s Field Manual
IGInspector General
IIOImmigration Information Officer (USCIS)
IIRIRAIllegal Immigration Reform & Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (also IIRAIRA)
IJImmigration Judge (EOIR)
IMFAImmigration Marriage Fraud Amendments Act of 1986
IMMACT90Immigration Act of 1990
INAImmigration and Nationality Act
INSImmigration and Naturalization Service
INSPASSINS Passenger Accelerated Service System
INTCAImmigration and Nationality Technical Corrections Act of 1994
IOImmigration Officer
IRImmediate Relative
IRCAImmigration Reform and Control Act of 1986
ISDImmigrant Services Division [now SCOPS] (USCIS)
IVImmigrant Visa
JRADJudicial Recommendation Against Deportation
KCCKentucky Consular Center (DOS)
LAULegalization Appeals Unit
LAWLawfully Authorized or Admitted Worker
LCLabor Certification
LCALabor Condition Application
LIFELegal Immigration and Family Equity Act of 2000
LINNorthern Service Center [now, USCIS Nebraska Service Center] (USCIS)
LPRLawful Permanent Resident
MRDMachine Readable Document
MS&DMaintenance of Status and Departure bond
MSCMissouri Service Center [now, National Benefits Center]
MTINAMiscellaneous & Technical Immigration & Nationality Act Amendments of 1991
NACARANicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act
NACSNaturalization Automated Casework System
NAFTANorth American Free Trade Agreement
NAILSNational Automated Immigration Lookout System
NBCNational Benefits Center (USCIS)
NBCOTNational Board for Certification of Occupational Therapists
NBCOTANoncitizen Benefit Clarification and Other Technical Amendments Act of 1998
NCICNational Crime Information Center
NIFNotice of Intent to Fine
NIVNonimmigrant Visa
NIWNational Interest Waiver
NOFNotice of Findings (DOL)
NRCNational Record Center (USCIS)
NSCNebraska Service Center (USCIS)
NTANotice to Appear
NVCNational Visa Center (DOS)
O*NETOccupational Information Network (DOL)
O/SOut of Status, or Overstay
OARSOutlying Area Reporting Station
OCAHOOffice of Chief Administration Hearing Officer (EOIR)
OCIJOffice of the Chief Immigration Judge (EOIR)
ODPOrderly Departure Program
OESOccupational Employment Statistics (DOL)
OIOperations Instructions (legacy INS)
OILOffice of Immigration Litigation (DOJ)
OMBOffice of Management and Budget
OOHOccupational Outlook Handbook (DOL)
OPPMOperating Policies and Procedures Memorandum (EOIR)
OPTOptional Practical Training
OSCOrder to Show Cause
PERMProgram Electronic Review Management System (DOL)
PIMSPetition Information Management System (DOS)
POEPort of Entry
PRCPermanent Resident Card (also called an Alien Registration Card or Green Card)
PTPractical Training
PTIPretrial Intervention Program
QDEQualified Designated Entity
RAWReplenishment Agricultural Worker
RCRegional Commissioner (Legacy INS)
RFERequest for Evidence
RIRReduction in Recruitment (DOL)
RNRegistered Nurse
ROResponsible Officer (J-1 Exchange Visitor Program)
RSCRegional Service Center (legacy INS)
RTDRefugee Travel Document
RVISRemote Video Inspection System
S.R.Senate Report
SASpecial Agent
SAOSecurity Advisory Opinion (DOS)
SAOSupervisory Adjudication Officer (USCIS)
SAWSpecial Agricultural Worker
SCService Center (USCIS)
SCOPSService Center Operations (USCIS)
SDAOSupervisory District Adjudications Officer (USCIS)
SENTRISecure Electronic Network for Travelers Rapid Inspection
SEVISStudent & Exchange Visitor Information System
SEVPStudent & Exchange Visitor Program
SKSpecialized Knowledge (for L Visa)
SRCSouthern Regional Center [now, Texas Service Center] (USCIS)
STEMScientific, Technical, Engineering, Mathematics
SVPSpecific Vocational Preparation
SWAState Workforce Agency (DOL)
TATrial Attorney (ICE)
TAGTechnical Assistance Guide No. 656—Labor Certifications (DOL)
TALTechnology Alert List (DOS)
TCNThird Country National
TEGLTraining and Employment Guidance Letter (DOL)
TPCRTransition Period Custody Rules
TPSTemporary Protected Status
TSATransportation Security Administration (DHS)
TSC(1) Texas Service Center (USCIS), or (2) Terrorist Screening Center
TWOVTransit Without Visa
U.S.C.C.A.N.U.S. Code Cong. & Admin. News
UNHCRUnited Nations High Commission for Refugees
UPLUnauthorized Practice of Law
USC(1) U.S. Citizen or (2) U.S. Code U.S.C.
USCISU.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (DHS)
USSGU.S. Sentencing Guidelines
US-VISITU.S. Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology Program (DHS)
VAWAViolence Against Women Act
VDVoluntary Departure
VGTOFViolent Gang or Terrorist Organization File
VIBEValidation Instrument for Business Enterprises Program
VOVisa Office (DOS)
VSCVermont Service Center (USCIS)
VWPVisa Waiver Program [formerly, Visa Waiver Pilot Program (VWPP)]
WACWestern Adjudication Center [now, California Service Center] (USCIS)