USCIS and INS History

Most of our visitors knew that the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) ceased to exist as an agency in 2003. However, the mighty INS must have left a long lasting image in people’s minds. Why? In 2009, six years later, the word “INS” is still being searched millions of times a month! Well, maybe not all searches are immigration related, but a significant portion ought to be.

So we put together a little flow chart to illustrate the history of U.S. immigration agencies: when they were created, what they were called, and how INS got split into several agencies including the current USCIS. The diagram also includes major milestones in the history of U.S. immigration. Take a look.

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