Cuccinelli Named Acting Director of USCIS

Last Updated on March 1, 2023

June 10, 2019, marked the first day for the new head of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) acting director, Ken Cuccinelli.

Cuccinelli joins USCIS following the resignation of Lee Francis Cissna, who oversaw USCIS from 2017 to June 1, 2019.

USCIS originally announced Cuccinelli would be named acting director but later clarified his official title is principal deputy director.

According to Politico, this allows Cuccinelli to oversee USCIS without having to dismiss USCIS deputy director Mark Koumans. Under a provision of the Federal Vacancies Reform Act, the administration can make the principal deputy director position the top role in USCIS, which enables Cuccinelli to become acting director.

If President Donald Trump formally nominates Cuccinelli for Director of USCIS, he’s expected to face a tough nomination, as senators from both political parties have aired criticisms against him.

Envoy is pleased to provide you this information, which was prepared in collaboration with Sara Herbek, who is the Managing Partner at Global Immigration Associates, P.C. (, Envoy’s affiliated law firm.