It's a Two Way Street: Homeland Security and State Work Together On Immigration

It's a Two Way Street: Homeland Security and State Work Together On Immigration

It's a Two Way Street: Homeland Security and State Work Together On Immigration

 

Facilitating legitimate travel, managing immigration benefits, and securing our borders from threats depends on extensive cooperation between the Department of State (DoS) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This collaboration requires constant communication and information sharing.

The Bureau of Consular Affairs and the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs at DoS work with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at DHS. A single non-immigrant or immigrant traveler interacts with some or possibly all of these DoS and DHS offices!

Applying for an employment-based non-immigrant visa (H, L, O, P, Q, and R) exemplifies the routine interactions that take place between DoS and DHS. These are just a few of the interactions:

  • An employer submits a petition to USCIS. Once approved, employees at the Bureau of Consular Affairs review uploaded petition information
  • A non-immigrant alien with an approved petition completes an online application, pays a fee, and in most cases attends an interview at an Embassy or Consulate abroad. In some cases, countries allow for an interview waiver
  • DHS ICE Visa Security Program (VSP) conduct security reviews of visa applications to determine if an individual poses a security threat to the United States. VSP investigates applicants who may be ineligible for a visa, coordinates with other law enforcement entities, and provides information and a recommendation to the Department of State regarding individuals who have been approved but not issued a visa
  • Visa-eligible applicants receive a visa, printed in their passport by DoS employees, allowing them to travel to the port-of-entry (POE) in the United States
  • The alien arrives at a POE in the United States, where CBP officers review visa information to determine whether the alien can be admitted into the United States
  • If admitted, an alien might interact with ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations if he/she acts unlawfully while in the U.S 


DoS and DHS face information sharing challenges. For example, ICE VSP uses law enforcement and local information regarding a visa applicant to help the Department of State in determining an alien’s eligibility for a visa. DoS has visa issuance information, accessed and used by CBP officials at the port-of-entry. CBP uses real-time information from DoS to detect and prevent unlawful aliens from entering the United States. This data must be available to CBP. The process works both ways. DoS employees regularly use entry and exit data provided by CBP in the Non-Immigrant Information System (NIIS) to determine an alien’s visa eligibility.

Promoting interagency discussions regarding the difficulties each agency faces in accessing each other’s information and providing suggestions on how to better share visa-related information is the best way to constantly and consistently share information. Increased communication strengthens the partnership between DoS and DHS and maintains an effective and efficient visa process.

Learn more about how Arc Aspicio supports:
The Immigration Mission
The Border Management Mission

 

Blog CBP Border Security ICE Immigration

Contributors

Samantha Uditsky | Samantha Greenwald is an experienced professional with public and private sector experience and interest in immigration, education, and international relations. At Arc Aspicio, she specializes in business process improvement and quality improvement as well as supports company strategic initiatives. Samantha received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Secondary Education from American University and her Master’s in Public Policy from George Mason University. Samantha is passionate about supporting the homeland security mission.

Top Qualities of Design Thinking Leaders

Top Qualities of Design Thinking Leaders

Design Thinking is on the rise in the business world. Design Thinking leaders focus on creating the best product for their clients and working with the experiences and insight of fellow coworkers. Some of the key characteristics of Design Thinking leaders present themselves in individuals who are open and subject themselves to vulnerability with clients and coworkers. These qualities help leaders to connect and build relationships with others. They also create an open flow of communication that allows for others to better share their knowledge to align with and understand the company's mission.

Think, Key, Speak: Purposeful Communications

Think, Key, Speak: Purposeful Communications

I spent the early years of my career in the United States Navy as a Naval Flight Officer on the E-2C Hawkeye, the Navy’s aircraft carrier-based Airborne Early Warning and Command and Control platform. The various missions of the aircraft demand that aircrew monitor up to ten radio frequencies, and actively speak on three or four of those, at any given moment in flight.

How Can Communities Ready Themselves for a Major Power Grid Event?

How Can Communities Ready Themselves for a Major Power Grid Event?

Communities are often the foundation for an expedited recovery following major events. But how can communities strengthen their response to, for example, a major cyber-attack or natural event, such as an Electronic Magnetic Pulse solar flare? A United States electrical grid failure could destroy a number of the nation’s high voltage transformers causing widespread outages for several weeks, even months. A public health emergency could quickly ensue particularly among the vulnerable as the ripple effects cause significant societal disruption. The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) strategic plan encourages and empowers communities to prepare for the inevitable impacts of future disasters. How can communities prime for major events?

Confessions of a Chief Strategy Officer

Confessions of a Chief Strategy Officer

I’ll admit it, I was a little smug. After more than 20 years in the consulting business helping clients develop, implement, and integrate their strategies, I thought… “how hard could it be to do the same things for my own company – a company of consultants?” I had the commitment of my leadership, a group of talented people, and a plan and resources to grow the company. We had energy and we had a great process and tools to successful. What could go wrong?

Exploring Trends in Strategic Workforce Planning (Attract, Engage, and Retain)

Exploring Trends in Strategic Workforce Planning (Attract, Engage, and Retain)

Federal agencies have been undergoing significant transformation, requiring effective workforce strategies that can assist them in facing increasing challenges. As government leaders look for and implement initiatives to improve performance, Strategic Workforce Planning, (SWP) has become instrumental in assisting organizations to focus on their most important resource: their people

#Innovate Your Heart Out: We See an Innovation Day in Your Future

#Innovate Your Heart Out: We See an Innovation Day in Your Future

Innovation is difficult to harness for organizations of all sizes (Government and private sector alike). Replicating a process to encourage and produce innovation is even more challenging. Innovating in a structured space and time seems counter-intuitive, and begs the question: can thinking outside the box be a structured activity? Arc Aspicio recently held an Innovation Day to answer this question.

A Unified Brand Helps Serve a Complex Mission

A Unified Brand Helps Serve a Complex Mission

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), created in 2003, undertook the most significant reorganization of federal agencies since the Cold War. It brought together federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial agencies with a focus on securing the U.S. from threats in a collaborative way. DHS pulls together five complex mission areas: preventing terrorism and enhancing security; managing our borders; administering immigration laws; securing cyberspace; and ensuring disaster resilience.