Technical Terms on US Immigration

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  1. Immigration glossary for new immigrants
  2. Ability to Pay
  3. AC21 – American Competitiveness in the Twenty-first Century Act of 2000
  4. Allocation of Green Cards
  5. Approvals
  6. AD - Approval Date
  7. ADIT Stamp is added to a passport or an Arrival-Departure Record (I-94) as temporary proof of residence. 94) as temporary proof of residence.
  8. Advocacy/Lobbying
  9. Affidavit of Support
  10. A# or 'A' Number - Alien registration number. An A# is issued to all aliens applying for permanent residence
  11. Anti Immigrants
  12. AOS - Adjustment of status
  13. AOS - Affidavit of Support (Department of State definition, AOS means Affidavit of Support )
  14. AP - Advance Parole (I-131) - is the authorization to travel outside the US while her adjustment of status is pending
  15. AR - Administrative Review
  16. ARC - Alien Registration Receipt Card (aka Green Card)
  17. A-D Record (I-94) - Arrival-Departure Record. Card stamped by INS when you arrive, shows how long you can stay in the US.
  18. ASC – Application Support Center - offers fingerprinting services
  19. Labor Audit
  20. Backlog Center
  21. BC - Birth Certificate
  22. BIA - Board of Immigrant Appeals
  23. Bio - Biometrics (Digital photo, index finger FP and your digital signature. This is needed for the production of GC.
  24. Citizenship
  25. Concurrent Filing
  26. CP - Consular Processing
  27. CPO - Card Production Ordered
  28. CPR - Conditional Permanent Resident
  29. Cross Chargeabilty
  30. Contacting Senators/Congressmen
  31. Country of Chargeability
  32. Consular Processing
  33. CSC - California Service Center
  34. CWOP - Cancelled Without Prejudice
  35. DCF - Direct Consular filing
  36. DHS - Department of Homeland Security
  37. DIL - Dictionary of Immigration Lingo
  38. DO - District Office
  39. DORA - Dallas Office Rapid Adjustment of Status
  40. DOL - Department of Labor
  41. DOS
  42. Dual Intent
  43. EAC - Eastern Application Center
  44. EAC - Reciept Number starting with this means it is being processed at the Vermont Service Center
  45. EAD - Employment Authorization Document (I-765, approval to work while waiting for AOS Approval)
  46. EOIR - Executive Office of Immigration Review
  47. EVL - Employment Verification Letter
  48. ETA - Employment and Training Administration
  49. FBI Name Checks
  50. IV Flower Campaign
  51. FP - Finger printing.
  52. FOIA - Freedom of Information Act
  53. GC - Green Card
  54. HR 5882
  55. Hard LUD - LUD plus status change.
  56. ID - Interview Date
  57. iEAD - Interim Employment Authorization Document (If your EAD application has been pending past 90 days from the RD (not ND) you can go to your District Office to apply for an iEAD, this will allow you to work while your actual EAD is still pending.)
  58. Exploitation
  59. Labor Certification - Labor Certification
  60. LCA - Labor Conditition Application
  61. Legislative Terms
  62. INA - Immigration and Nationality Act
  63. INFOPASS - An Internet-based system that enables the public to go online to schedule appointments with immigration IOs at USCIS http://infopass.uscis.gov/
  64. INS - Immigration and Naturalization Service
  65. Interfiling
  66. IO - Immigration officer
  67. Illegal Immigration
  68. Immigrant Petition
  69. Immigration Voice
  70. LIN - Reciept Number starting with this means it is being processed at the NSC
  71. LPR - Lawful Permanent Resident
  72. LUD - Last Updated Date The Date that shows up in the USCIS application when you view it online.
  73. MSC - Missouri Service Center
  74. MTR - Motion to Reconsider
  75. Nationality - Citizenship
  76. NC - Name Check
  77. NBC - National Benefit Center (is the one which process your forms initially)
  78. ND - Notice Date (When USCIS notified you that they received your application)
  79. ND - Notice Date. Mostly the date on which the I-485 app was entered into the USCIS database. (Note - For most July 2nd filers, the notice and receipt dates are more than a month apart).
  80. NOA’s - Notice of Action is your receipt/letter that you received after you filed your forms indicates I-797C
  81. NSC - Nebraska Service Center
  82. NPRM - Notice of Proposed Rule Making
  83. NVC - National Visa Center
  84. OFLC - ETA's Office of Foreign Labor Certification
  85. Ombudsman
  86. OPT - Optional Practical Training
  87. Out of Status
  88. OPP - Office of Policy and Programs
  89. PCC - Police Clearance Certificate
  90. PD - Priority Date. Date when the labour was FIRST submitted.
  91. Per Country Limit
  92. PERM - Program Electronic Review Management (Permanent Labor Certification Program that took effect on March 28, 2005)
  93. POE - Port of entry
  94. POJ method
  95. Premium Processing
  96. Porting priority date
  97. Priority Date
  98. RD - Receipt Date (When USCIS received your application)
  99. Retrogression
  100. RFE - Request for Evidence
  101. RFI - Request for Initial Evidence
  102. ROW. Rest of the world. It is a country category. There is China, India, Mexico, Philippinnes and Rest of the world(ROW).
  103. Same or Similar
  104. San Jose Rally
  105. SC - Service Center (this is used with a prefix, eg CSC - California Service Center; MSC - Missouri Service Center (that is the address from where you will received your NOA's)
  106. Service Center
  107. Spill Over
  108. SOFAD - Spill Over Fall Across Down
  109. SR - Service Requests How to open a SR
  110. Soft LUD - There is only LUD change. No change in status.
  111. SRC - Reciept Number starting with this means it is being processed at the TSC
  112. SSA - Social Security Administration
  113. SSN - Social Security Number
  114. Statement of Work
  115. SWA - State Workforce Agencies
  116. Technology Alert List (TAL)
  117. TSC - Texas Service Center
  118. USC - US Citizen
  119. USCIS - United States Citizenship And Immigration Services
  120. Visas and Categories
  121. VB - Visa Bulletin. The monthly (pain in the neck) bulletin that the USCIS/DOS prints out.
  122. Visa Number
  123. VSC - Vermont Service Center
  124. Yates Memo
  125. WAC - Reciept Number starting with this means it is being processed at the California Service Center
  126. Writ of Mandamus



References

- http://immigrationvoice.org/forum/forum85-action-items-for-everyone/17659-all-technical-terms-on-immigration.html -

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