The Benefits of USCIS ELIS Fact Sheet
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is moving from a paper-based model to a secure, online environment. On May 22, 2012 we launched the foundational release of our new system, named the USCIS Electronic Immigration System (USCIS ELIS).
In USCIS ELIS, applicants are currently able to electronically file:
Additionally, customers can pay the USCIS Immigrant Fee in USCIS ELIS and Regional Centers can use the USCIS ELIS Document Library.
USCIS ELIS is a streamlined online account-based system that enhances customer service and the quality of our processes by enabling USCIS adjudicators to decide requests for immigration benefits online by accessing information submitted by the customer. Through USCIS ELIS, customers can view their benefit requests, receive electronic notification of decisions, and receive real-time case status updates. These improvements result in more complete, accurate and timely responses to customer requests.
The initial launch of USCIS ELIS included account setup and case management functions supporting the intake and adjudication of immigration benefits. Applicants are currently able to electronically file select categories of Form, I-539, Application to Extend or Change Nonimmigrant Status. USCIS will gradually expand USCIS ELIS to include more features, functions, and form types.
Similar to online banking, customer accounts provide a single electronic mechanism for submitting information and managing benefit requests.
USCIS ELIS includes features such as:
To learn more about USCIS ELIS, including upcoming webinars and engagement opportunities, visit the USCIS website at www.uscis.gov/uscis-elis. Check back soon for the latest information on USCIS ELIS.
A key component of this effort is obtaining input from key stakeholders, including customers, our employees and other federal partners. If you have a suggestion to improve USCIS ELIS, please email your feedback to email@example.com. Please do not send specific case or account related questions. If you have a technical issue or request, please call the USCIS National Customer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283 or 1-800-767-1833 (TDD for the hearing impaired).
Last Reviewed/Updated: 11/10/2014
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