Organizations/VIPs/Others Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
"On March 1, 2003, service and benefit functions of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) transitioned into the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). USCIS is responsible for the administration of immigration and naturalization adjudication functions and establishing immigration services policies and priorities. These functions include: adjudication of immigrant visa petitions; adjudication of naturalization petitions; adjudication of asylum and refugee applications; adjudications performed at the service centers, and all other adjudications performed by the INS."
"About USCIS," www.uscis.gov (accessed Mar. 29, 2007)
"U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will secure America’s promise as a nation of immigrants by providing accurate and useful information to our customers, granting immigration and citizenship benefits, promoting an awareness and understanding of citizenship, and ensuring the integrity of our immigration system. We shall always strive for the highest level of Integrity in our dealings with our customers, our fellow employees, and the citizens of the United States of America. We shall be ever mindful of the importance of the trust the American people have placed in us to administer the nation’s immigration system fairly, honestly, and correctly. We will demonstrate Respect in all of our actions. We will ensure that everyone we affect will be treated with dignity and courtesy regardless of the outcome of the decision. We will model this principle in all of our activities, with each other, our customers, and the public. Through our actions, this organization will become known as an example of respect, dignity, and courtesy. As we meet the challenges to come, we will strive to find the most effective means to accomplish our goals. We will use ingenuity, resourcefulness, creativity, and sound management principles to strive for world-class results. We will approach every challenge with a balance of enthusiasm and wisdom in our effort to fulfill our vision."
"United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Strategic Plan, Securing America's Promise," www.uscis.gov, 2005
$1.711 billion ($140 million appropriated funds and $1.571 billion in process fees)