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Helpful Abbreviations

AAO—Administrative Appeals Office (formerly the Administrative Appeals Unit (AAU))
ADIT—Alien Documentation, Identification and Telecommunications system
AEDPA—Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996
ALC—Alien Labor Certification
AOS—Adjustment of Status
ARC—Alien Registration Card or Permanent Resident Card
BALCA—Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals
BCA—Bureau of Consular Affairs
BIA—Board of Immigration Appeals
CBP—U.S. Customs and Border Protection
CCA—Child Citizenship Act
CFR – Code of Federal Regulations
CO—Certifying Officer (of DOL)
COS—Change of Status
CPT—Curricular Practical Training
CR—Conditional Resident
D&R—Detention and Removal
DAO—District Adjudication Officer
DED—Deferred Enforced Departure
DHS—Department of Homeland Security
DOE—Department of Energy
DOJ—Department of Justice
DOL—Department of Labor
DOS—Department of State
DOT—Dictionary of Occupational Titles
D/S—Duration of Status
DSO—Designated School Official
EAD—Employment Authorization Document
EOS—Extension of Stay
ER—Expedited Removal
ETA—Employment and Training Administration
EWI—Entry Without Inspection
FAM—Foreign Affairs Manual
Fed. Reg.—Federal Register
FOIA—Freedom of Information Act
FR—Federal Register
FSO—Foreign Service Officer
IBIS—Interagency Border Inspection System
ICE—U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
IDENT—Automated Fingerprint Identification System
IE—Immigration Examiner
IG—Inspector General
IIO—Immigration Information Officer
IIRAIRA—Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (also IIRIRA)
IJ—Immigration Judge
IMMACT90—Immigration Act of 1990
INA—Immigration and Nationality Act
IO—Immigration Officer
IRCA—Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986
IV—Immigrant Visa
LAPR—Lawfully Admitted for Permanent Residence
LCA—Labor Condition Application
LC—Labor Certification
LIFE—Legal Immigration and Family Equity Act of 2000
LPR—Lawful Permanent Resident
NAFTA—North American Free Trade Agreement
NIV—Nonimmigrant Visa
NIW—National Interest Waiver
NOF—Notice of Findings
NRC—National Record Center
NSEERS—National Security Entry Exit Registration System
NTA—Notice to Appear
NVC—National Visa Center
OCAHO—Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer
OES—Occupational Employment Statistics
OIC—Officer-in-Charge
OIL—Office of Immigration Litigation of DOJ's Civil Division
0*NET—Occupational Information Network
OOH—Occupational Outlook Handbook (DOL)
OPT—Optional Practical Training
O/S—Out of Status, or overstay
PERM—Program Electronic Review Management System
POE—Port of Entry
RFE—Request for Evidence
RO—Responsible Officer of J-l Exchange Visitor Program
SEVIS—Student and Exchange Visitor Information System
SWA—State Workforce Agency
TPS—Temporary Protected Status
TN—Trade NAFTA
TSA—Transportation Security Administration
TWOV—Transit Without Visa
UNHCR—United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
US-VISIT—United States Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology Program
USC— U.S. Code; or U.S. Citizen
USCIS—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
VAWA—Violence Against Women Act
VSC—Vermont Service Center
VWPP—Visa Waiver Permanent Program

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