USCIS has established a new system of records called the Background Check Service (BCS) that will consolidate all background check requests and results on immigration applications. Currently, USCIS conducts three different background checks: 1) A Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Fingerprint Check, 2) a FBI Name Check, and 3) a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Treasury Enforcement Communication System/Interagency Border Inspection System (TECS/IBIS) Name Check. BCS will maintain all the requests and results of all background checks activity in one system. It will provide the status and results of background checks from one web-based system to USCIS field offices.
This new system is designed to help reduce immigration case backlog and increase efficiency in the background check process. Before BCS, information relating to the three different background checks was not stored in the same system.
Hopefully, this new system will indeed help background checks run more efficiently and without delay. BCS will likely be effective starting January 3, 2007.