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The USCIS Electronic Immigration System (USCIS ELIS) is an online, account-based system that allows you to submit and view certain benefit requests, receive electronic notification of decisions, and receive real-time case status updates.

USCIS ELIS allows you to:

  • Conveniently and securely set up and manage your account;
  • Electronically submit applications and supporting documents;
  • Receive and respond to notices and decisions electronically;
  • Make payments online; and
  • Access real-time information about the status of your cases.

Capabilities Available in USCIS ELIS

USCIS Immigrant Fee

If the Department of State gave you an immigrant visa, you must pay the $165 USCIS Immigrant Fee online using USCIS ELIS. While you may pay this fee after immigrating to the United States, we recommend that you do so after you receive your immigrant visa packet from a U.S. Embassy or Consulate abroad (including Canada and Mexico) and before you depart for the United States. You will not receive a permanent resident card (Green Card) until you pay this fee.

Attorneys, accredited representatives and employers are not authorized to create a USCIS ELIS account on your behalf to pay the USCIS Immigrant Fee. Only you, as the immigrant, may open a USCIS ELIS account and pay the required fee to obtain your Green Card. You may pay for yourself and any family members who will live with you in the United States.

Note: If your visa status is SB1 (returning lawful permanent resident) and you need a new Green Card, you must file a Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card.

Visit the USCIS Immigrant Fee e-File page for more information about using USCIS ELIS to pay this fee.

Form I-90

If you submitted an I-90 application in USCIS ELIS during the 72-hour limited introduction (November 12, 2014 10:00am EST - December 15, 2014 10:00am EST), select Click to Access Your Form I-90 in USCIS ELIS to check your application status and respond to requests for evidence.

Only customers who submitted an I-90 during the 72-hour limited introduction may still access their Form I-90 in USCIS ELIS.

For all other customers who need to file an I-90 application, please visit our Form I-90 page.

Form I-539

Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status, is used by:

  • Nonimmigrants with visa status B-1, B-2, F-1, M-1 or M-2 to extend their stay;
  • Nonimmigrants who want to change their visa status to B-1, B-2, F-1, F-2, J-1, J-2, M-1 or M-2; and
  • Nonimmigrants with visa status F and M to apply for reinstatement of status.

Visit the Form I-539 e-File page more information about filing this form in USCIS ELIS.

Form I-526

If you are a foreign national who is investing in a new commercial enterprise in the United States (also known as an EB-5 Immigrant Investor), you may use Form I-526, Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur, to petition USCIS for status as a conditional permanent resident.

Visit the Form I-526 e-File page for more information about filing this form in USCIS ELIS.

Regional Center Document Library

USCIS uses the Regional Center Document Library in USCIS ELIS to store online documents associated with investments in new commercial enterprises tied to an EB-5 Regional Center. By creating a USCIS ELIS account, you can access electronic copies of the documents pertaining to your investments as an immigrant investor, attest that the documents are true and accurate copies of your investment documents, and supplement your electronic or paper-based Form I-526 petition with documents stored in the online library.

Visit the Regional Center Document Library page for more information.

Start Using USCIS ELIS

If the type of application, petition or request you need to submit is available in USCIS ELIS, or if you have to pay the USCIS Immigrant Fee, you can create your USCIS ELIS online account.


Last Reviewed/Updated: 12/15/2014