Collaboration Session #1 - External Data Interface Standards (EDIS)
USCIS hosted the first of multiple collaborative information exchange sessions on Thursday, November 19, 2009, to discuss a new method for electronic filing which involves the transfer of data directly through a system-to-system interface. The purpose of this first session was to introduce the initiative and discuss the role of stakeholders in the development and implementation of the External Data Interface Standards, or “EDIS.” Posted below is a summary of this event, as well as links to additional information regarding EDIS.
Questions and Answers
Following the presentation, attendees participated in an open question and answer session with USCIS representatives. Below is a summary of the Q&A:
Q: Are you saying the forms will be redone? So instead of filling out certain forms, you will just let us know which data fields you need and it will populate the right form with the right data?
Q: Are you looking for third parties to build “data cleansing” capabilities into their products?
Q: Do you have an estimate on when the draft standards will be published?
Q: Is there a plan to retroactively convert existing paper and forms to electronic format?
Q: How do you envision original documents being handled in the future, for example only being physically brought to interviews?
Q: It sounds like you will be working with other government agencies. Will you be interfacing with other agencies for information sharing, for example concerning labor certifications with the Department of Labor?
Q: Will requirements concerning images and other content attachments be coming out and discussed in the future meetings?
Q: So paper filings will continue to be an option?
Q: When is the next session?
Last Reviewed/Updated: 05/09/2011