ACIP Applauds USCIS Effort to Streamline U.S. Immigration System

Council Press Releases


January 7, 2013

Contact: Samantha Greene
The Fratelli Group

ACIP Applauds USCIS Effort to Streamline U.S. Immigration System

Transition to Centralized Policy Manual Should Increase Efficiency and Help U.S. ​​Employers Focus on Core Business, Growth

Washington, D.C. – The American Council on International Personnel (ACIP) today applauded U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for its effort to streamline regulations with the release of the first volume of its newly centralized USCIS Policy Manual. Intended to replace the current Adjudicator’s Field Manual and USCIS Policy Memoranda website, the new Policy Manual will concentrate all immigration laws and regulations in one location, which should save employers time and resources.

“We commend USCIS for the launch of this important effort to streamline and modernize the U.S. immigration system,” said ACIP Executive Director Lynn Shotwell. “One central repository for immigration policies should allow U.S. employers to spend less time deciphering complicated laws and regulations and more time growing their businesses and driving job creation.”

The new Policy Manual, developed with input from both internal and external agency stakeholders, including ACIP, will be released in a series of volumes for each area of immigration law the agency covers. The first volume, on Citizenship and Naturalization, was released today. Agency staff are being trained on the new Manual and a series of webinars are being held for external stakeholders.

“Modernizing the U.S. immigration system and improving customer service are critical to U.S. competitiveness,” said Shotwell. “We look forward to continued collaboration with the agency to ensure the U.S. immigration system is efficient and predictable for all U.S. employers.”

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The American Council on International Personnel (ACIP), a strategic affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), represents employers working to speed U.S. economic recovery, create new jobs for all Americans and advance American innovation. Our members are companies, universities, research institutions and organizations that employ the critical talent that has and will continue to build the U.S. economy and raise the standard of living for all Americans. We build the workforces necessary to keep America on the cutting edge of worldwide innovation and leading the global economy.

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