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USCIS Electronic Immigration System (ELIS) Launch

 On Tuesday May 22, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) launched the initial release of its new electronic immigration system, USCIS ELIS. USCIS ELIS is the agency’s first-ever online immigration system created to modernize the process for both filing and adjudicating immigration benefits. The first release, which is available for certain students and visitors, lays the foundation for the Web-based future of USCIS and our immigration system.

Beginning with the first release, USCIS ELIS provides improved customer service, shorter processing times, and enhanced adjudication tools to combat fraud and safeguard national security. Future releases will add form types and functions to the system, gradually expanding to cover all USCIS immigration benefits. Releasing the system in multiple phases will give USCIS the ability to continually enhance the user experience for both customers and our employees. It will also allow the agency to smooth the transition to electronic filing over time and retain a paper filing option for customers.

Last Reviewed/Updated: 05/24/2012