Tips for Form I-526 in USCIS ELIS
Form I-526, Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur is now available file electronically through USCIS ELIS. You can upload supporting documents and track the status of your petition.
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Note: If you use another browser, such as Chrome or Safari, your information may not display correctly and you may be unable to properly complete Form I-526.
Accessing Form I-526 in USCIS ELIS
You are now ready to begin your Form I-526. You must complete all required fields (marked with an *) before you can move to the next section of the form.
Acceptable File Formats
Each file that you upload to support Form I-526 should be smaller than 60 MB (megabytes).
If your document is larger than 60 MB, try to rescan it using your scanner’s grayscale function, or use other software to reduce the file size. Please avoid using your scanner’s black and white function.
Once you scan a document, it becomes an image. All images should be:
To help keep your file sizes below 60 MB, we recommend that you scan documents in a low-resolution format. Most scanners default to 300 DPI. You may need to change your scanner settings and rescan your document at a lower DPI.
If you need to resize an image, we recommend that you use Microsoft Windows Paint or Microsoft Office Picture Manager.
USCIS ELIS will automatically attempt to resize files that do not meet the requirements above. If the files cannot be resized, USCIS ELIS will reject them and you will receive an error message.
While you may continue with your petition, filing Form I-526 without supporting evidence may delay processing. For example, you may receive a request for evidence.
How to Upload Evidence
On the “Evidence Upload” screen, you should see a list of evidence categories (such as “Information About Investor,” “Investment,” and “New Commercial Enterprise”).
Each category has an “Add document” link.
(To upload one document, select “I want to upload using another method.” You will be directed to the single-document upload functionality. The single-document functionality is slower and therefore not recommended when uploading multiple documents and files.)
If all of the files you want to upload are located in the same folder, you can select and upload the whole folder (instead of selecting/uploading each individual file).
(Note: Java must be enabled in your browser for these screens to display correctly. Without Java, your browser will display the single-document upload which is significantly slower.)
Last Reviewed/Updated: 07/24/2014
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