DHS Request Public Comment to Identify Barries Across USCIS Benefits and Services

04.20.21 | Government Affairs

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Yesterday, April 19, the Department of Homeland Security announced that it is seeking public comments on how U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) can improve upon administrative barriers in its policies and regulations. Request for Public Input: Identifying Barriers Across USCIS Benefits and Services. The request is in line with President Bidens Executive Order “Restoring Faith in Our Legal Immigration Systems and Strengthening Integration and Inclusion Efforts for New Americans” with DHS “soliciting public input to better understand and identify administrative barriers and burdens (including paperwork requirements, waiting time, and other obstacles) that impair the functions of the USCIS process and unnecessarily impede access to USCIS immigration benefits.” 

Final comments are due on May 19, 2021, and can be submitted by following the link below. IIUSA and its Public Policy Committee will also plan to submit comprehensive comments on behalf of the industry. 

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From DHS

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is seeking comments from the public on how U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) can reduce administrative and other barriers and burdens within its regulations and policies, including those that prevent foreign citizens from easily obtaining access to immigration services and benefits. This effort will help DHS identify process improvements for USCIS, with benefits for state, local, and tribal governments, for businesses (including small businesses and startups), for educational institutions of all kinds, for nonprofits, and for individuals.

Addresses

You may submit comments, identified by docket number USCIS-2021-0004, through the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.

For Further Information Contact

Samantha Deshommes, Regulatory Coordination Division Chief, Office of Policy and Strategy, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, DHS, 5900 Capital Gateway Drive, Camp Springs, MD 20746; telephone 240-721-3000 (this is not a toll-free number). Individuals with hearing or speech impairments may access the telephone numbers above via TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Information Relay Service at 1-877-889-5627 (TTY/TDD).

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