Under the Homeland Security Act of 2002, the USCIS (previously INS) was transitioned into the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on March 1, 2003. All service and benefit functions of the INS, including responsibility for regulations governing the U.S. Immigrant Investor Pilot Program, were transferred to the USCIS, established within DHS. In January 2005, USCIS organized the Investor and Regional Center Unit (IRCU) to oversee and administer the EB-5 investor visa category and the Pilot Program.
USCIS is responsible for immigration and naturalization functions and establishing immigration services policy. USCIS improves the administration of benefits and immigration services for applicants by focusing exclusively on immigration and citizenship services. USCIS is comprised of fifteen thousand (15,000) federal employees and contractors working in approximately 250 headquarters and field offices around the world.
For more information about the U.S. immigrant investor program, please visit the USCIS website on “Immigration Through Investment“.