Saturday, November 17, 2018

USCIS Simplifies Access to Online Data

WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it has consolidated the data pages on its website to include all data on one page. The new Immigration and Citizenship Data page makes information more easily accessible to users.

In addition to the redesigned data page, USCIS has published an Understanding Our Data page to help users understand data the agency publishes.

“This new and improved data page on our agency website is another step we’ve taken to modernize the information sharing process, provide transparency, and shed additional light on the USCIS mission,” said USCIS Director L. Francis Cissna. “The extensive amount of data we post online is widely searched and accessed by a wide range of visitors, including policy makers, academics, the stakeholder community, and the public. This latest advancement will help ensure users can access data with greater ease, and it will help foster a more informed and accurate understanding of our complex immigration system.”

The USCIS website contains a variety of data sets on various forms for immigration benefits and requests granted by the agency. While the data sets previously resided on individual pages by topic, users can now filter by category or use a search box to find data sets from a single page. The page also includes additional information on each data set, such as the date range by quarter and descriptions of the data.

Previously published documents in the Electronic Reading Room (ERR) that contain data, including responses to congressional inquiries containing data, will now be available on the new data page. New documents will be added as they are produced.

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