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Immigration and Naturalization Service, the

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary EnglishImmigration and Naturalization Service, thethe Immigration and Naturalization ServiceImmiˌgration and ˌNaturaliˈzation ˌService, the (also the INS) 🔊 🔊 a former US government organization which dealt with immigration, making sure that people from other countries obeyed official rules about who is allowed to live or work in the US. It also had the power to decide whether these people could become US citizens. The organization was shut down in 2003 and its responsibilities were divided between different parts of the Department of Homeland Security and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
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