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US Immigration Abbreviations and Forms

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US Immigration Abbreviations:
AAO Administrative Appeals Office
AO Adjudications Officer
ADIT Alien Documentation, Identification & Telecommunications System (ADIT Photo's no longer used by the USCIS )
AOS Affidavit of Support
AOS Adjustment of Status
AP Advance Parole (most common) or Administrative Processing
AR Administrative Review
Consulate Work place of a diplomat who's job is to look after the interest of it's citizens in a foreign country. This is also where visas are processed
BCIS Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services
Biometrics Biormetrics are fingerprints, signatures, photographs and other material used to personally and uniquely identify a person.
CO Consulate Officer
CPR Conditional Permanent Resident
CBP Customs and Border Protection
CSC California Service Center
DOJ Department of Justice.
DOS Department of State
DHS Department of Homeland Security
EAD Employment Authorization Document
e-File E-Filing is a process of filing form specific immigration related benefits online
Embassy The building in which an ambassador lives or works. The Embassy does not process visas
EWI Entered WIthout Inspection
FAQ Frequently Asked Questions
Green Card A document issued by the USCIS that proves your legal status as a Permanent Resident in the US.
LPR Legal Permanent Resident (also PR, Permanent Resident)
INA Immigration and Nationality Act
IBIS Interagency Border Inspection System
INS Immigration and Naturalization Service (old name for now USCIS)
IMBRA International Marriage Brokers Act
IRS Internal Revenue Service
ISP Internet Service Provider
IVACS Immigrant Visa Applicant Control System
JFK John F. Kennedy International Airport
NG Newsgroup
NBC National Benefits Center (in Missouri)
NOA The "NOA" is internet-speak for the I-797 "Notice of Action" -- with "NOA1" being the receipt and "NOA2" being the notice of approval. [Please note that there is the possibility of other I-797's being generated prior to approval notices].
NSC Nebraska Service Center
NVC National Visa Center (in New Hampshire)
PDF Adobe Portable Document Format (used by Adobe Reader)
PISS Pre-INS Submission Syndrome
POE Port of Entry. Usually airport or border crossing inspection post.
PR Permanent Resident (Also LPR - Legal Permanent Resident)
RFE Request for Evidence
SIF Sign In Failed
SO Significant Other
SSA Social Security Administration
SSN Social Security Number
Touch When the UCSIS "Touches" your petition or file it means that an action was taken which required your file to be physically touched or moved. Example: Your file is touched when it is given to an adjudicator to process.
TPS Temporary Protected Status
TSC Texas Service Center
USC US Citizen
USCIS US Citizenship and Immigration Services (part of the Dept of Homeland Security)
US Visit System in airports that captures biometrics of people entering the country
VSC Vermont Service Center
VWP Visa Waiver Program
US Immigration Forms:
(See the example forms and download section for more information)
AR-11 Change of Address form. May be completed online via the Change of Address tool located on the USCIS website or submit the COA form via snail mail.
DS-3025 The vaccine worksheet that SHOULD be collected from the docs doing the visa medical.
G-325A Biographic Information. Needs to be filled out for petitioner and beneficiary when petitioning, and again [for the benefiary only] when filing adjustment of status.
I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification. You will be required to fill this form out when applying for a job to show you are legally employable.
I-90 Application to Replace Alien Registration Card (Green Card). This will need to be filed if you lose your green card. (and I think when it expires)
I-94 Arrival/Departure record. This will be issued at the originating airport, on the flight or at the border if traveling from Canada or Mexico. It may be stamped with a 90 day work authorization and should be kept until the USCIS (INS) interview
I-102 Form to apply for I-94 if it was lost, destroyed or mutilated.
I-129F Petition for Alien Fiance(e). ALso used when filing for a K-3 Visa. Can only be filed by US Citizen and must be filed in the US.
I-130 Petition for alien relative.
I-134 Affidavit of support. Used when applying for non-immigrant visas.
I-131 Application for Re-entry Permit/Advance Parole. Required to re-enter between filing I-485 and getting the green card stamp.
I-212 Application for Permission to Reapply for Admission into the United States After Deportation or Removal
I-468 Data Collection for Alien Documentation, Identification & Telecommunications System (ADIT). A processing form. Similar to WR-702 or WR-703.
I-485 Adjustment of Status form. Must be filed after the wedding to begin process of transferring status to permanent resident.
I-551 Alien Registration Receipt Card. The 'Green' Card. After a successful interview at the USCIS (INS) office, this will be stamped in the passport and the laminated card send afterwards.
I-601 Application for Waiver of Ground of Excludability
I-688 This is the number of a laminated Employment Authorization Document. (Currently version I-688B)
I-693 Civil Surgeons Medical Report
I-693A Medical supplement. This documentation of immunization form is used by the civil surgeon to transfer the beneficiary's vaccine history prior to completing the adjustment of status.
I-751 Petition to remove conditions. This form must be filed jointly by original petitioner and beneficiary in the 3 months prior to the 2nd anniversary of obtaining conditional permanent residency.
I-765 Application for Employment Authorization Document
I-797 Notice of Action. Both the receipt notice, and approval notice will be issued on this form.
I-864 Affidavit of support. This form is to be filed with I-485 when adjusting status, an immigrant visa and other USCIS benefits.
I-864EZ Simplified version of the Affidavit of support used in some situations.
I-865 Sponsors change of address. If you signed the I-864 affidavit, you must report change of your address within 10 days.
9003 "Additional Questions to be Completed by All Applicants for Permanent Residence in the United States" (an old form no longer used by the Internal Revenue Service)
N-400 Application for Naturalization (to United States Citizen)
N-600 Application for Certificate of Citizenship
WR-702 or WR-703 Data Collection for Alien Documentation, Identification & Telecommunications System (ADIT). A processing form. Similar to I-468.
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