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The USCIS Electronic Immigration System (USCIS ELIS) is a streamlined online account-based system that allows customers to view their applications, petitions or requests, receive electronic notification of decisions, and receive real-time case status updates. 

USCIS ELIS allows applicants to: 

  • Set up and manage their accounts conveniently and securely;
  • Submit applications, petitions, or requests and supporting documents electronically;
  • Receive and respond to notices and decisions electronically;
  • Make payments online; and
  • Access real-time information about the status of their cases. 

Forms and Fees Available in USCIS ELIS

USCIS Immigrant Fee

Foreign nationals who seek permanent residence in the United States and receive an immigrant visa from the Department of State need to pay the $165 USCIS Immigrant Fee online. The USCIS Immigrant Fee is used to process your immigrant visa packet once you arrive in the United States and to produce your Permanent Resident Card (Green Card).

We strongly encourage you to pay this fee after you receive your immigrant visa packet from the U.S. embassy or consulate abroad (including Canada and Mexico) and before you depart for the United States. Paying before you depart for the United States will ensure that you receive your Green Card without delay. However, you can also pay the USCIS Immigrant Fee after you immigrate to the United States. We will send your Green Card to you after you pay the fee. 

To pay the $165 fee in USCIS ELIS, you will need an online account. Once you have created your account, you can pay the fee by logging in to USCIS ELIS and selecting USCIS Immigrant Fee from the drop-down menu. You will need your Alien Number (A-Number) and Department of State (DOS) Case ID to pay the fee. Make sure you choose an APPLICANT account. Do not choose the Document Library Manager account because this account type does not apply to the USCIS Immigrant Fee. If you choose this type of account, you will not be able to pay your USCIS Immigrant Fee.

You may pay for yourself and any family members who will live with you in the United States. 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.

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 Web page for more information.

Form I-526, Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur

A foreign national who is investing in a new commercial enterprise in the United States may use Form I-526, Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur, to petition USCIS for status as a conditional permanent resident. This filing type is often referred to as EB-5 Immigrant Investor. Visit the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Web page for more information about employment-based immigration. 

Regional Center Document Library

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

Visit the Regional Center Document Library Web page for more information.

Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status

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 Frequently Asked Questions on E-Filing Form I-539 Using USCIS ELIS or the Instructions for Form I-539 for more information about filing Form I-539 through USCIS ELIS. 


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. Remember to read all instructions carefully.

Last Reviewed/Updated: 09/09/2014