USCIS Launches Online System To Expedite, Modernize Immigration Process
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has launched a new online immigration system, ELIS, that will change the way applicants and their legal representatives will apply for and receive benefit requests.
“Today marks a significant milestone in our agency’s history,” said USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas. “We have launched the foundation for the web-based future of our agency and our immigration benefits system. USCIS ELIS will transform how we interact with our customers and how we manage the 6-7 million applications we receive each year.”
By moving from a paper-based system to a completely online process, the USCIS hopes to expedite and streamline the immigration process, combat fraud, and protect consumers against identity theft.
The new online system features the following capabilities:
- Customers can file applications, update user profiles, receive notices and pay fees online
- Reduced processing times will result in expedited service
- Tools designed to detect and prevent fraud and identify national security concerns.
While the USCIS transitions to the new system, they have posted a webpage featuring a virtual tour of the new system, an FAQ, and links to begin using the platform.