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The Department of Homeland Security U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services maintains the Central Index System (CIS), a database system originally developed by the legacy Immigration and Naturalization Service.[1] CIS contains information on the status of 57 million applicants/petitioners seeking immigration benefits to include: lawful permanent residents, naturalized citizens, U.S. border crossers, aliens who illegally entered the United States, aliens who have been issued employment authorization documents, individuals who petitioned for benefits on behalf of family members, and other individuals subject to the provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).

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  1. CIS replaced the old Master Index System in 1985 to support a legacy INS records management need to collect and disseminate automated biographic and historical information on the status of 57 million applicants/petitioners (applicants) seeking immigration benefits.

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