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Immigration Analyst

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Summary

Review visa applications to determine who gets approved.

What does an Immigration Analyst do?

Immigration Analysts make sure the rules that govern immigration in the United States are followed. Because of its immigrant culture, the U.S. is often called a “melting pot.” And as every Chef knows: You can’t make a pot of soup without a recipe. The Immigration Analyst’s job is to follow that recipe.

As an Immigration Analyst, you’re typically employed by the federal government, and you help enforce and administer immigration laws by “analyzing” immigrants’ documentation when they apply to come to the United States.

Here’s how it works: Whether they’re from Mexico, Morocco, or Mongolia, foreigners who wish to come to the United States must apply for a visa that allows them to reside here on a temporary basis for the purpose of visiting, studying, or working. If they want to live here permanently, they must apply for an immigrant visa for permanent residence. Either way, to be granted a visa, immigrants must pay a fee, fill out a series of applications and forms, submit to a background check, and complete a personal interview with a Consular Officer.

As an Immigration Analyst, you’re usually the person who receives and reviews all that information on behalf of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). You help the agency decide who should be granted a visa by using various databases to find and investigate signs of fraud and criminal intent.

Of course, your job isn’t just reviewing applications from aspiring immigrants. Sometimes, it’s also reviewing documentation from existing immigrants, helping Immigration Officers decide whether visas should be renewed or revoked.

Although you’re not a Police Officer, therefore, you nonetheless help the country police its borders by making sure only lawful immigrants are allowed to enter and stay.

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