Immigration Newsmaker Video: A Conversation with Director of USCIS Francis Cissna

Director discusses legal immigration challenges

By Francis Cissna and Jessica M. Vaughan on August 20, 2018


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Francis Cissna, Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), was featured in an Immigration Newsmaker conversation hosted by the Center for Immigration Studies on Wednesday, August 15, at 9:30 a.m. at the National Press Club.

Cissna leads the agency which “administers the nation’s lawful immigration system, safeguarding its integrity and promise by efficiently and fairly adjudicating requests for immigration benefits while protecting Americans, securing the homeland, and honoring our values.” On an average day, the 19,000 workers at USCIS welcome nearly 2,000 new citizens at naturalization ceremonies, grant lawful permanent residence to approximately 2,100 people, issue approximately 7,000 new and replacement Green Cards, and verify the employment eligibility of more than 80,000 new hires through E-Verify.

Date: Wednesday, August 15, 2018, at 9:30 a.m.

Location: National Press Club, 529 14th St, NW, 13th Floor, Washington, D.C.

Introduction and Moderator

Jessica M. Vaughan 
Director of Policy Studies, Center for Immigration Studies


Francis Cissna
Director, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

Full Interview


Interview Clips

Vision for USCIS


Fraud and Abuse


Public Charge