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Contacting U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services

Make an appointment with USCIS
The U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (formerly Immigration & Naturalization Services, also known as "INS") requires online appointment setting and canceling; this is the location to visit for these activities. Instructions are in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Russian, Chinese, Korean, Polish, and several other languages. 

Finding the Status of Your Case
Check your case status online by typing in your application receipt number.

USCIS National Customer Service Center
Provides information on services and benefits provided to applicants, petitioners, authorized representatives, community-based organizations, and the general public. Call 1-800-375-5283 or 1-800-767-1833 (TTY) for 24/7 English and Spanish language assistance for immigration-related matters. 

Affidavit of Support
"The Affidavit of Support is legally required for the petitioning sponsor for many family-based and some employment based immigrants to show the intending immigrant will have adequate means of support, when planning to immigrate to the U.S. ... A “petitioning sponsor” is a person who has filed an immigrant petition, which has been approved by USCIS."  Read more here about the process of proving that an immigrant will not require public support.



Visa Information

Green Card Diversity Visa Lottery
"Section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) provides for a class of immigrants known as “diversity immigrants,” from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States. A limited number of visas are available each fiscal year. The DVs are distributed among six geographic regions and no single country may receive more than seven percent of the available DVs in any one year." DV 2016 Program: Online registration for the DV 2016 Program began on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), and concluded on Monday, November 3, 2014 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4).

General Visa Information 
U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs
"The Visa section of, an official source of information about United States (U.S.) visa policy and procedures" answers visa questions for temporary visitors and immigrants. 

Visa Information for Immigrants
"Foreign citizens wishing to immigrate and live permanently in the U.S. must comply with U.S. visa immigration law, and specific procedures to apply for your visa." Find information on visa types, qualifications, FAQs, and more. 

Frequently Asked Questions
Designed for international students at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, this page answers general questions about student and employment forms


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