Collaboration Session #3 - External Data Interface Standards (EDIS)
USCIS hosted the third of a series of scheduled collaboration sessions on March 22, 2010 to further discuss the development of the External Data Interface Standards (EDIS). EDIS are the set of technical standards to allow a third party system to transfer immigration benefit request data directly to USCIS. This new system to system interface will be a new electronic filing (e-filing) channel and increase efficiency and improve the acceptance rate for immigration benefit requests. Posted below is a summary of this event and the questions and responses during that session
Event: EDIS Exchange #3 Collaboration Session
Questions and Answers
Throughout the agenda, attendees participated in an open question and answer session with USCIS representatives. Below is a summary of the Q&A:
Q: I understand one person equals one role, but we represent so many clients. Would an attorney be able to log in from their own account and access each one of his current clients?
In addition, it is important that we all understand that each person will have one account, yet be able to serve in different roles. For example, an account holder may serve in the role of a representative when working with clients to file benefit requests on their behalf. The same account holder may then serve in the role of a benefit seeker if they are applying to adopt a child. In the transformed system, USCIS will manage role assignments so that account holders are allowed to perform only authorized functions in the process. Account holders will need to specify the role in which they are acting when doing business with USCIS online as specific privileges will be granted, based on an individual’s role.
Q: Adobe signatures have not stood up in US courts. There have been 3rd party services, such as EchoSign, which have stood up in US courts. Will USCIS be developing an electronic signature system or will you all be looking for a third party service?
Keep in mind, we are only collecting feedback at this point and USCIS is still looking at legal implications to all the scenarios around e-signature options.
USCIS will host monthly EDIS Exchange collaboration sessions. The objective of these monthly meetings is to engage and collect input from EDIS stakeholders throughout the development of these technical requirements. Each monthly meeting will focus on a small set of technical and programmatic topics in which USCIS needs stakeholder input, ranging from business rules, security and detailed data requirements to a thorough review of the finished product, formatted as a NIEM.gov compliant “Interface Exchange Package Document” (IEPD). The initial EDIS Exchange, held in November 2009, introduced the initiative and provided information on what is planned. For background information on EDIS and previous meeting notes, please visit USCIS Public Engagement National Events.
Future monthly EDIS Exchanges are scheduled to occur on the following dates in Washington, D.C., beginning at 2pm EST:
Wednesday, April 21st
If you have specific questions regarding EDIS, please send them to Transform.EDIS@DHS.gov.
Last Reviewed/Updated: 05/09/2011