E-Filing using USCIS ELIS
About USCIS ELIS
USCIS ELIS is a secure Web-based system that allows you to:
Legal representatives may create an account and file Form I-539 or Form I-526 online (but they may not pay the USCIS Immigrant Fee for their clients).
Accessing USCIS ELIS
You can use the following Internet browsers to access USCIS ELIS:
USCIS plans to support additional browsers in the future. You cannot access USCIS ELIS using your phone because it currently does not support mobile access.
Creating an account
Parents of a child younger than age 14 may create an account and submit an application on behalf of their child. They must list themselves as the preparer of the application.
A legal guardian for a developmentally or mentally disabled individual may create an account and submit an application on behalf of that individual. Legal guardians must list themselves as the preparer of the application. USCIS also may require them to submit documentation showing their authority to act on behalf of a developmentally or mentally disabled individual.
Paying the USCIS Immigrant Fee
Before you start to submit your USCIS Immigrant Fee, you should have your:
To find your A-Number and Department of State (DOS) Case ID, visit the Immigrant Fee Payment: Tips on Finding Your A-Number and DOS Case ID page.
USCIS Immigrant Fee customers should receive their Permanent Resident Card within 45 days into the United States.
Filing Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status
Before starting to complete the Form I-539 application, you should have:
Please review the instructions for the Form I-539 to determine what documents are required and make sure you submit all the required documentation when you file your benefit request. The current processing time for all Form I-539s is 2.5 months.
To pay a fee, you can use a:
You can find the current status of your USCIS ELIS case by logging in o your account and selecting your application, petition or request. You will then be taken to the case status page. You can find your current status at the top right corner of the page.
USCIS numbers to remember
You should keep a record of your USCIS ELIS Account ID and your Receipt ID.. Your USCIS ELIS Account ID is a 12-digit number unique to your USCIS ELIS account. You will not receive a USCIS ELIS Account ID until you apply for a benefit.
If you have already applied for a benefit, you can locate your USCIS ELIS Account ID by following the steps below:
Your Receipt ID is a unique number that applies to your specific case with USCIS. You can find your Receipt ID on your case receipt notice; it begins with the letters IOE.
If you did not receive a copy of your USCIS case receipt notice and would like a copy for your records, you may view and print a copy of your USCIS Case Receipt Notice from your USCIS ELIS account. After you log in to your USCIS ELIS account, access the "View Messages" tab to view or print your official case receipt confirmation from USCIS.
If you have forgotten or need to reset the answers to your security questions or if you continue to experience difficulties, please submit our online help form and we will assist you with your account.
For further assistance
Contact us by submitting our online help form. The more information you can provide us on this form, the better we will be able to assist you.
Last Reviewed/Updated: 10/23/2014
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