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The USCIS Electronic Immigration System (USCIS ELIS) is a streamlined online account-based system that enhances customer service and the quality of our processes. Through USCIS ELIS, customers can view their benefit requests, receive electronic notification of decisions, and receive real-time case status updates. 

USCIS ELIS allows applicants to: 

  • Conveniently and securely set-up and manage their accounts;
  • 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 their cases.


Forms and Fees Available in USCIS ELIS

USCIS Immigrant Fee

You must pay the $165 fee online using USCIS ELIS after you receive your immigrant visa package from a U.S. Embassy or Consulate abroad (including Canada and Mexico) and before you depart for 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 in order to obtain your Permanent Resident Card (Green Card).

You will not receive a Permanent Resident Card (Green Card) until you pay the required USCIS Immigrant Fee.

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

Visit the USCIS Immigrant Fee page for more information about using USCIS ELIS to pay the USCIS Immigrant Fee.

Form I-526

Form I-526, Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur, is used by an entrepreneur investing in a new commercial enterprise to petition USCIS for status as an immigrant to the United States. By creating a USCIS ELIS account, immigrant investors can access electronic copies of the documents pertaining to their investment, 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 EB-5 Immigrant Investor Web page for more information about employment-based immigration.

Visit the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Web page for more information about employment-based immigration. 

Form I-539

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

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

Visit the Form I-539 FAQ page for more information about using USCIS ELIS to e-file the Form I-539.


Start Using USCIS ELIS

After you have determined that the fee you need to pay or the form you need to submit is available in USCIS ELIS you can create your account. Remember to read all instructions carefully.

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Last Reviewed/Updated: 04/16/2014