IMMIGRATION ACRONYMS

 

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INS Facility Acronyms

GLOSSARY AND ACRONYMS

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 ACB -- Administrative Center Burlington
ACD -- Administrative Center Dallas
ACE -- Accelerated Citizen Examination
ACL -- Administrative Center Laguna Niguel
ACPA -- Assistant Chief Patrol Agent
ACT -- Administrative Center Twin Cities
ADD -- Assistant District Director
ADDE -- Assistant District Director, Examinations
ADDI -- Assistant District Director, Investigations
ADDM -- Assistant District Director, Management
ADIT -- Alien Documentation, Identification and Telecommunication System
ADP-- Automated Data Processing
AFACS -- A-Files Accountability and Control System
A File -- Basic Alien File (contains Alien #)
AILA -- American Immigration Lawyers Association
AM -- Administrative Manual
AMIO -- Alien Migration Interdiction Operation
AMIS -- Asset Management Information System
ANI -- Automatic Number Identifier
AO -- Administrative Officer
AO -- Asylum Officer
AOC -- Asylum Officer Corps
AOIC -- Assistant Officer-in-Charge
APHIS -- Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services
APIS -- Advance Passenger Information System
APO -- Administrative Center Property Officer
APP -- Annual Performance Plan or Automated Permit Port
ARC -- Alien Registration Card (Green Card)
ASC -- Application Support Center (Naturalization)
ASIS -- Anti-Smuggling Information System
ASU -- Anti-Smuggling Unit
ASVI -- Alien Status Verification Index
AUO -- Administratively Uncontrollable Overtime
AVLOS -- Automated Visa Lookout System

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BACS -- Bond Accounting System
BAS -- Balanced Adjudications System
BCC -- Border Crossing Card (Mexico)
BCI -- Border Coordination Initiative
BCIC -- Border Crossing Identification Card (I-586)
BHRHA -- Bureau of Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs
BIA -- Board of Immigration Appeals
BMIS -- Bond Management Information System
BOP -- Bureau of Prisons
BORTAC -- Border Patrol Tactical Unit (HQ at Biggs Army Airfield, TX)
BP -- Border Patrol
BPA -- Border Patrol Academy/Border Patrol Agent
BPR -- Border Process Re-Engineering Project
BPSH -- Border Patrol Sector Headquarters
BRP -- Backlog Reduction Plan (Naturalization)

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CADRE -- Computer Assisted Detection and Reports Enhancement System
CAO -- Center Adjudications Officer
CAP -- Citizens Advisory Panel
CAP -- Contracting and Procurement
CAP -- Cuban Adjustment Program
CATI -- Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing
CATS -- Consolidate Asset Tracking System
CAWG -- Control Authorities Working Group
CBOs -- Community-Based Organizations
CBIC -- Canadian Border Intelligence Center
CBT -- Computer-Based Training
CCATTS -- Correspondence Control and Task Tracking System
CFOA -- Chief Financial Officers Act
CFR -- Code of Federal Regulations
CI -- Criminal Investigator; Cooperating Individual; Confidential Informant
CIC -- Crime Information Center
CIJ -- Chief Immigration Judge
CIMT -- Crimes Involving Moral Turpitude
CIPRIS -- Coordinated Interagency Partnership Regulating International Students, now SEVP
CIPS -- Combined Immigration and Public Health Inspection Procedure
CIR -- Commission on Immigration Reform
CIRP -- Computer Incident Response Program
CIS -- Central Index System
CLAIMS -- Computer Linked Application Information Management Systems
COLA -- Cost of living allowance
COTR -- Contracting Officer Technical Representative
COTS -- jail management, hotel and airline reservation software
CPA -- Chief Patrol Agent
CPS -- Current Population Survey (Census)
CR -- Contact Representative
CRO -- Central Region Office (Dallas)
CSC -- California Service Center (Laguna Niguel)
CSPM -- Computer Security Program Manager
CSR -- Customer Service Representative (IRM - Computer)
CSSO -- Computer Systems Security Officer
CTRS -- Critical Transaction Reporting System
CUSA -- Citizenship U.S.A.
C&TS -- Computer & Telecommunications System

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D&D -- Detention and Deportation
DACS -- Deportable Alien Control System
DAO -- District Adjudication Officer; or Deputy Adjudications Officer
DAS -- Duty Assignment Sheet (Border Patrol)
DBM -- Distributed Budget Module
DCL -- Dedicated Commuter Lane
DCM -- Deputy Chief of Mission
DCOS -- Debt Collection System
DCPA -- Deputy Chief Patrol Agent
DD -- District Director
DDD -- Deputy District Director
DDOS -- Detention and Deportation Optimization System
DDP -- Detention and Deportation Program
DED -- Deferred Enforced Departure
DEO -- Detention Enforcement Officer
DFS -- Designated Fingerprint Service
DIAS -- Directives and Instructions Access System
DMS -- Detention Management System
DO -- District Office; or Deportation Officer
DOE -- Date of Entry
DOL -- Department of Labor
DOS -- Department of State

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EAC -- Executive Associate Commissioner
EAD -- Employment Authorization Document
EFOIA -- Electronic Freedom of Information Act initiative
ELR -- Employee Labor Relations
ENFORCE -- Enforcement Case Tracking System
EOD -- Entrance On Duty
EOIR – Executive Office for Immigration Review
EPIC – El Paso Intelligence Center
ER -- Expedited Removal
ERO -- Eastern Region Office (Burlington, VT)
ETC -- Eastern Telephone Center
EVD -- Extended Voluntary Departure
EVP -- Employment Verification Pilot
EVRP -- Encrypted Voice Radio Program
EWI -- Entry Without Inspection

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FAAS -- Foreign Affairs Administrative Support System
FACS -- Financial Accounting and Control System
FARES -- Fees and Applications Receipt and Entry System
FCC -- Fingerprint Clearance Coordination Center
FCO -- Files Control Office
FD-258 -- Fingerprint Card
FDL -- Forensic Document Laboratory
FEHBP -- Federal Employees Health Benefits Program
FEPA -- Federal Employee Pay Act
FEPCA -- Federal Employee Pay Comparability Act, 1990
FEGLI -- Federal Employees Group Life Insurance
FFMS -- Federal Financial Management System (will replace FACS)
FIPS -- FOIA/PA Information Processing System
FLIR -- Forward-Looking Infrared
FLETC -- Federal Law Enforcement Training Center
FLRA -- Fair Labor Relation Authority
FLSA -- Fair Labor Standard Act
FOIA/PA -- Freedom of Information Act/ Privacy Act
FOS/HM -- Field Operations Support & Hardware Maintenance
FRC -- Federal Records Centers
FSIP -- Federal Service Impasse Panel
FTE -- Full-Time Equivalent
FTP -- File Transfer Protocol
FTRs -- File Transfer Requests

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GEMS -- General Counsel Management System
GMRA -- Government Management and Reform Act
GPRA -- Government Performance and Results Act
GREEN CARD -- Alien Registration Receipt Card (Form I-151 or I-551)
GUI -- Graphical User Interface

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HMIO -- Haitian Migration Interdiction Operation
HPO -- HQ Property Officer
HQFFM -- HQ Office of Files and Forms Management
HQIAO -- HQ International Affairs
HQINS -- HQ Office of Inspections
HQIRM -- HQ Information Resource Management
HQISD -- HQ Immigration Services Division
HQMGM -- HQ Office of Management
HQOCR -- HQ Office of Congressional Relations
HQOIA -- HQ Internal Audit
HQONO -- HQ Office of Naturalization Operations
HQOPA -- HQ Office of Public Affairs
HQOPP -- HQ Office of Policy & Planning
HQOPS -- HQ Office of Field Operations
HQOCR -- HQ Office of Congressional Relations
HQPRG -- HQ Office of Programs
HQREC -- HQ Office of Records
HQSEC -- HQ Office of Security
HQCSP -- HQ Career Sustainment Program
HRO -- Human Resource Office
HTTP -- Hypertext Transfer Protocol (server)
HW -- Hardware

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IA -- Immigration Agent; or Investigative Assistant
IAO -- Office of International Affairs
IATA -- International Air Transport Association
IBIS -- Interagency Border Inspection System
ICAD -- Integrated Computer Aided Detection
ICAO -- International Civil Aviation Organization
ICF -- Immigration Card Facility (Arlington, TX)
ICMS -- Investigations Case Management System
ICPS -- Integrated Card Production System
IDENT -- Automated Fingerprint Identification System
IDP -- In District Processing
IDO -- Immigration Detention Officer
IE -- Immigration Examiner
IFM -- Inspector’s Field Manual
IHP -- Institutional Hearing Program
II -- Immigration Inspector
IIE -- Integrated Interior Enforcement
IIO -- Immigration Information Officer
IIRIRA -- Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act
IJ -- Immigration Judge
INA -- Immigration and Nationalty Act
INAB -- Inspections National Advisory Board
INSERTS -- INS Easy Research & Transmittal System
INSPASS -- INS Passenger Accelerated Service System
INSpect -- INS Program for Excellence and Comprehensive Tracking
INTEX -- Inspections Travelers Examination
INV -- Investigations
IO -- Immigration Officer
IOA -- Immigration Officer Academy
IOBTC -- Immigration Officer Basic Training Course
IRC -- Internet Relay Chat (server)
IRCA -- Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986
IRM -- Information Resources Management
IRP -- Institutional Removal Program
ISA -- Information System Architecture
ISIS -- Integrated Surveillance Information System
ISP -- Internet Service Provider
IT -- Information Technology
IV -- Immigration Visa
IVR -- Interactive Voice Response
IV&V -- Independent Validation and Verification

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JABS -- Joint Automated Booking System
JEVP -- Joint Employment Verification Pilot Program (SSA/INS)
JMD -- Justice Management Division
JPATS -- Justice Prisoner and Alien Transportation Service
JTTF -- Joint Terrorism Task Force
JVA -- Joint Voluntary Agency

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LAN -- Local Area Network
LAPR -- Lawfully Admitted for Permanent Residence
LAPS -- Legalization Application Processing System
LAW -- Legally Authorized (or Admitted) Worker
LDC -- Leadership Development Center ( Dallas , TX .)
LEA -- Law Enforcement Agency
LEAA -- Law Enforcement Availability Act of 1994
LEADS -- Law Enforcement Analytical Data System
LEO -- Law Enforcement Officer
LESC -- Law Enforcement Support Center
LPR -- Lawful Permanent Resident
LULAC -- League of United Latin American Citizens


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MFAS – Marriage Fraud Amendment System

MDC -- Modified Departure Control
MIRP -- Mexican Interior Repatriation Program
MOBIS -- Management, Organizational and Business Improvement Services
MRD -- Machine Readable Document
MS&D Bond – Maintenance of Status and Departure bond

MTBF – Mean Time Between Failures (for hardware components)

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NACARA -- Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act
NACS -- Naturalization Automated Casework System
NAILS -- National Automated Immigration Lookout System
NARA -- National Archives and Records Administration
NATZ -- Naturalization
NBPC -- National Border Patrol Council (One of two collective bargaining units)
NCIC – National Crime Information Center
NFC -- National Finance Center
NFS -- Network File System

NFTS – National File Tracking System
NGOs -- Non-Governmental Organizations
NIF -- Notice of Intent to Fine
NIIS -- Non-Immigrant Information System
NINSC -- National INS Council (One of two collective bargaining units)
NIV – Non Immigrant Visa
NNTP -- Network News Transfer Protocol
NQP -- Naturalization Quality Procedures
NRC -- National Records Center

NRTP – National Records Training Program
NSC -- Nebraska Service Center ( Lincoln )
NSI -- National Security Information
NTA -- Notice to Appear
NVC -- National Visa Center (Dept. of State)

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OA -- Office Automation
OARS -- Outlying Area Reporting System
OASIS -- Operational Activities Special Information Systems
OBTS – Offender Base Tracking System
OCDETF – Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force
OCR -- Office of Congressional Relations (HQOCR or ROOCR)
OI -- Operating Instructions
OIA -- Office of Internal Audit
OIA/IRB -- Office of Internal Audit/Internal Review Branch
OIC – Officer-in-Charge
OIL – Office of Immigration Litigation
OIRM -- Office of Information Resources Management
ONO -- Office of Naturalization Operations
OPSEC -- Operations Security
OSC -- Order to Show Cause
OTM – Other than Mexican

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PA -- (Border) Patrol Agent
PAIC -- Patrol Agent in Charge
PAL -- Passenger Acceleration Lane (in San Clemente – See SENTRI)

PAMS – Private Attorney Maintenance System
PAO -- Public Affairs Officer
PAS -- Performance Management System
PCO -- Property Control Officer
PHS -- Public Health Services
PICS -- Password Issuance and Control System
PIMS -- Performance Indicator Management System
PIO -- Public Information Officer
PMFA -- Permanent Full-time Authorized Position
PMPT -- Permanent Part-time Position
POE -- Port-of-Entry
POMS -- Port-of-Entry Management System
POP -- Post Office Protocol
POSTS -- Personnel Office Systems Tracking System
PPE -- Personal Protective Equipment
PRC -- Permanent Resident Card
PQIC -- Port Quality Improvement Committees

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QASP – Quality Assurance Surveillance Plan

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RAFACS -- Receipt and Alien File Accountability and Control System
RAPID -- Records and Processes Improvement Design
RAPS -- Refugees, Asylum and Parole System
RAW -- Replenishment Agricultural Worker
RD -- Regional Director
ROOCR -- Regional Office of Congressional Relations
RPFS -- Responsible Party Filing System
RRU -- Rapid Response Unit (Headquarters)
RTD – Refugee Travel Document
RTP - National Records Transition Project

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SA -- Special Agent
SAVE -- Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlement
SAW -- Special Agricultural Workers
SBPA -- Supervisory Border Patrol Agent

SC – Service Center
SCAAP -- State Criminal Alien Assistance Program
SCD -- Service Computation Date
SDEO -- Supervisory Detention Enforcement Officer
SDO -- Supervisory Detention Officer
SENTRI -- Secure Electronic Network for Travelers’ Rapid Inspection
SEVIS - Student and Exchange Visitor Information System
SEVP - Student and Exchange Visitor Program
SHRO -- Servicing Human Resources Office
SIE -- Supervisory Immigration Examiner
SII -- Supervisory Immigration Inspector
SIO -- Supervisory Immigration Officer
SIO -- Special Inquiry Officer (Immigration Judge)
SITD -- Strategic Information and Technology Development
SLOB -- Service Lookout Book
SME -- Subject Matter Expert
SMTP -- Simple Mail Transfer Protocol
SNMP -- Simple Network Management Protocol
SOI -- Supervisory Operations Inspector
SPC -- Service Processing Center
SPPB -- Systems Policy & Planning Branch
SSA -- Supervisory Special Agent
SW -- Southwest; Software

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TAPS -- Telephone Application Processing System
TECS -- Treasury Enforcement Communications System
TFTP -- Trivial File Transfer Protocol (server)
TIC -- The Interdiction Committee
TIP -- Technology Infrastructure Project
TPCR -- Transition Period Custody Rules
TPFT-- Temporary Full-Time Employee
TPPT -- Temporary Part-Time Employee
TPS -- Temporary Protected Status
TSC -- Texas Service Center (Irving)
TRWOV -- Transit Without Visa


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UNHCR -- United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
USC -- U.S. Citizen
USCS -- United States Customs Service

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VARS -- Vehicle Accounting and Reporting System
VCRP -- Violent Crimes Reduction Programs
VD -- Voluntary Departure
VOLAG -- Voluntary Agency
VR -- Voluntary Return
VSC -- Vermont Service Center (St. Albans)
VTC -- Video Teleconferencing
VWPP -- Visa Waiver Pilot Program

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WAN -- Wide Area Network
WORM -- Write-Once, Read Many
WRO -- Western Region Office ( Laguna Niguel , CA )
WTC -- Western Telephone Center


INS FACILITIES FCO = File control Office;  CCO = Case Control Office
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ALB

CCO

ALBANY , NY SUB-OFFICE

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N/A

DES MOINES

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N/A

CEDAR RAPIDS

AAO

CCO

ADMINISTRATIVE APPEALS OFFICE

AGA

FCO

AGANA SUB-OFFICE

ANC

FCO

ANCHORAGE DISTRICT OFFICE

ATH

 

ATHENS SUB-OFFICE

ATL

FCO

ATLANTA DISTRICT OFFICE

BAL

FCO

BALTIMORE DISTRICT OFFICE

BKK

 

BANGKOK DISTRICT OFFICE

BOS

FOC

BOSTON DISTRICT OFFICE

BTV

CCO

BATAVIA DETENTION FACILITY

BUF

FCO

BUFFALO DISTRICT OFFICE

CHA

FCO

CHARLOTTE AMALIE SUB OFFICE

CHI

FCO

CHICAGO DISTRICT OFFICE

CIN

FCO

CINCINNATI SUB OFFICE

CLE

FCO

CLEVELAND DISTRICT OFFICE

CLT

FCO

CHARLOTTE SUB OFFICE

CNR

CCO

CHARLESTON NATZ. REVIEW OFFICE

COW

FCO

HEADQUARTERS

DAL

FCO

DALLAS DISTRICT OFFICE

DEN

FCO

DENVER DISTRICT OFFICE

DET

FCO

DETROIT DISTRICT OFFICE

EAZ

CCO

ELOY DETENTION CENTER

ELP

FCO

EL PASO DISTRICT OFFICE

ESC

FCO

EASTERN SERVICE CENTER ( VERMONT )

FKG

 

FRANKFURT SUB OFFICE

FLO

CCO

FLORENCE DETENTION CENTER

HAR

FCO

HARTFORD SUB OFFICE

HBG

CCO

HARRISONBURG RFMF

HEL

FCO

HELENA DISTRICT OFFICE

HHW

FCO

HONOLULU DISTRICT OFFICE

HKC

 

HONG KONG SUB OFFICE

HLG

FCO

HARLINGEN DISTRICT OFFICE

HNT

CCO

HUNTSVILLE IHP

HOU

FCO

HOUSTON DISTRICT OFFICE

INP

CCO

INDIANAPOLIS SUB OFFICE

JAC

CCO

JACKSONVILLE SUB OFFICE

KAN

FCO

KANSAS CITY DISTRICT OFFICE

LOS

FCO

LOS ANGELES DISTRICT OFFICE

LSC

CCO

LAW ENFORCEMENT SUPPORT CENTER

LVG

FCO

LAS VEGAS SUB OFFICE

MEM

FCO

MEMPHIS SUB OFFICE

MEX

 

MEXICO CITY DISTRICT OFFICE

MIA

FCO

MIAMI DISTRICT OFFICE

MIL

FCO

MILWAUKEE SUB OFFICE

MPH

 

MANILA SUB OFFICE

NBO

 

NAIROBI SUB OFFICE

NDI

 

NEW DELHI SUB OFFICE

NEW

FCO

NEWARK DISTRICT OFFICE

NOL

FCO

NEW ORLEANS DISTRICT OFFICE

NOR

FCO

NORFOLK SUB OFFICE

NSC

FCO

NORTHERN SERVICE CENTER ( NEBRASKA )

NYC

FCO

NEW YORK CITY DISTRICT OFFICE

OAK

CCO

OAKDALE DETENTION FACILITY

OKC

FCO

OKLAHOMA CITY SUB OFFICE

OMA

FCO

OMAHA DISTRICT OFFICE

PHI

FCO

PHILADELPHIA DISTRICT OFFICE

PHO

FCO

PHOENIX DISTRICT OFFICE

PIT

FCO

PITTSBURGH SUB OFFICE

POM

FCO

PORTLAND , ME DISTRICT OFFICE

POO

FCO

PORTLAND , OR DISTRICT OFFICE

PRO

CCO

PROVIDENCE SUB OFFICE

REN

FCO

RENO SUB OFFICE

RIT

 

ROME DISTRICT OFFICE

SAJ

FCO

SAN JUAN DISTRICT OFFICE

SEA

FCO

SEATTLE DISTRICT OFFICE

SEK

 

SEOUL SUB OFFICE

SFR

FCO

SAN FRANCISCO DISTRICT OFFICE

SLC

CCO

SALT LAKE CITY SUB OFFICE

SNA

FCO

SAN ANTONIO DISTRICT OFFICE

SND

FCO

SAN DIEGO DISTRICT OFFICE

SNP

 

SINGAPORE SUB OFFICE

SPM

FCO

ST. PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS DISTRICT OFFICE

SPO

CCO

SPOKANE SUB OFFICE

SSC

FCO

SOUTHERN SERVICE CENTER ( TEXAS )

STA

FCO

ST. ALBANS SUB OFFICE

STL

FCO

ST. LOUIS SUB OFFICE

TAM

FCO

TAMPA SUB OFFICE

TUC

CCO

TUCSON SUB OFFICE

VNA

 

VIENNA SUB OFFICE

WAS

FCO

WASHINGTON DISTRICT OFFICE

WCF

CCO

WESTERN CRIMINAL A-FILE CENTER

WPC

CCO

WASHINGTON PROCESSING CENTER

WSC

FCO

WESTERN SERVICE CENTER ( CALIFORNIA )

YAK

CCO

YAKIMA SUB OFFICE

ZAR

FCO

ARLINGTON ASYLUM OFFICE

ZCH

FCO

CHICAGO ASYLUM OFFICE

ZHN

FCO

HOUSTON ASYLUM OFFICE

ZLA

FCO

LOS ANGELES ASYLUM OFFICE

ZMI

FCO

MIAMI ASYLUM OFFICE

ZNK

FCO

NEWARK ASYLUM OFFICE

ZNY

FCO

NEW YORK ASYLUM OFFICE

ZSF

FCO

SAN FRANCISCO ASYLUM OFFICE

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