WelcometoUSA.gov Pivacy Policy


The WelcometoUSA.gov web site is an Official United States Government System, which may be used only for authorized purposes. The Government may monitor and audit the usage of this system, and all persons are hereby notified that the use of this system constitutes consent to such monitoring and auditing. Unauthorized attempts to upload information and/or change information on this web site is strictly prohibited and are subject to prosecution under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and Title 18 U.S.C. Sec. 1001 and 1030.

Accessibility: If there are any questions or concerns about the accessibility of this page, or any of our other pages, please e-mail dmsweb@gpo.gov.

We are in the process of ensuring that all of our documents are available in an accessible format. If you have any difficulties accessing the information in any of our documents or need further assistance, please e-mail dmsweb@gpo.gov.

WelcometoUSA.gov is committed to Section 508 compliance and accessibility of websites. We welcome any ideas or comments from our website users to help us to further improve the accessibility and usability of our website.

Disclaimer: Links to other web sites found here are provided to assist in locating information. The mere fact that there is a link between this web site and another does not constitute a product or program endorsement by WelcometoUSA.gov or any of its employees. WelcometoUSA.gov has no responsibility for content of the web sites found at these links, or beyond, and does not attest to the accuracy or propriety of any information located there.

The Express Email System uses the latest virus scanning technology to scan all outgoing messages and files available for download for viruses.

Information Collected and Stored Automatically

For site security purposes and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, WelcometoUSA.gov employs software programs to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage.

For site management, information is collected for statistical purposes. Computer software programs are used to create summary statistics, which are used for such purposes as assessing what information is of most and least interest, determining technical design specifications, and identifying system performance or problem areas. No personal information, such as your name or address, is collected or used for this analysis. We collect no information which would identify you personally.

We automatically collect and store only the following information about your visit:

  • The Internet domain (for example, "xcompany.com" if you use a private Internet access account, or "yourschool.edu" if you connect from a university's domain) and IP address (an IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer whenever you are surfing the Web) from which you access our web site
  • The date and time you access our site
  • The pages you visit and the result of the request, such as an image or query
  • Other status codes and values resulting from the Web server responding to the request received: HTTP status code, Windows NT code, number of bytes sent, number of bytes received, duration (in seconds) to fulfill the request, server port number addressed, and protocol version.

WelcometoUSA.gov does not use "cookies." (A "cookie" is a file placed on your hard drive by a Web site that allows it to monitor your visit, usually without your knowledge.) You can set your browser to warn you when placement of a cookie is requested and decide whether or not to accept it.


Information Collected from E-mails and Web Forms

When you send us personally identifying information, for example, in an electronic mail message containing a question or comment or by filling out a form that E-mails us this information, we use this information to fulfill or respond to your requests. We may store these requests to provide us with information for future improvements to our Web site. We may forward your E-mail to other government employees who are better able to respond to your request. WelcometoUSA.gov may also use this information to help us do our work. We do not create individual profiles with the information you provide. WelcometoUSA.gov does not give, sell or transfer personal information to third parties, unless required by law.