On January 11, 2010, in a statement made by U.S. Citizenship Immigration Services’ (“USCIS”) Director, Alejandro N. Mayorkas, it was announced that USCIS has realigned its organizational structure in order to reflect its new emphasis on the agency’s critical responsibilities regarding fraud detection. One of the most significant changes is the creation of a Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate. Pursuant to Director Mayorkas, “[t]his change reflects our prioritization of our anti-fraud and national security responsibilities and will bring greater focus to them.” USCIS’ reorganization follows USCIS’ plans to expand its Administrative Site Visit and Verification Program (“ASVVP”) up to 25,000 site visits in Fiscal Year (“FY”) 2010 from the 5,916 site visits performed in FY2009, as discussed in Gunster’s Immigration Bulletin dated December 17, 2009.
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