USCIS ELIS Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card, 72-Hour Limited Introduction
Thank you to everyone who participated in the 72-hour limited introduction of the Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card, in the USCIS Electronic Immigration System (USCIS ELIS).
If you submitted a Form I-90 in USCIS ELIS between 10 a.m. (EST) on Nov. 12 and 10 a.m. (EST) on Nov. 15, select Access Your Form I-90 in USCIS ELIS to check your application status and respond to requests for evidence.
If you started a Form I-90 online in USCIS ELIS between Nov.12 and Nov. 15, you have 30 days to complete and submit it. If you do not submit your form within 30 days of starting it, it will be deleted and you will have to submit a paper Form I-90. Please visit our Form I-90 page for more information.
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If you have any questions, including how to file Form I-90 through USCIS ELIS, please contact our Customer Contact Center.
Thank you for your interest in USCIS ELIS. Your participation will help us to improve and modernize the process for filing and adjudicating immigration benefits. In 2015, USCIS plans to fully launch the Form I-90 in USCIS ELIS based on the feedback we receive during the 72-hour limited introduction.
The USCIS Electronic Immigration System (USCIS ELIS) is an online account-based system that allows you to submit certain benefit requests, receive electronic notification of decisions, and receive real-time case status updates.
Please choose the appropriate icon for the application, petition, request you wish to file or to pay the USCIS Immigrant Fee. You will be redirected to the USCIS ELIS Log-in page to complete your application, petition, or request.
(IMPORTANT NOTE: Please click on the appropriate button below to ensure there are no delays in the processing of your application, petition, request or USCIS Immigrant Fee payment.)
USCIS Immigrant Fee
Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card
Note: Only customers who submitted an I-90 application during the 72-hour limited introduction (November 12, 2014 10:00am EST - December 15, 2014 10:00am EST) may still access their Form I-90 in USCIS ELIS.
For all other customers who need to file an I-90 application, please visit our Form I-90 page.
Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status
Form I-526, Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur
Create a new USCIS ELIS account or log in to an account that you already have.
Select “Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur” from the drop-down menu and select “Make a Request/Payment” as shown.
Select the box for “I have read and agree to the Privacy Act statement.” Then, select “I Accept.”
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
PDF (Portable Document Format)
Rich Text Format
Web page files
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:
No more than 11 inches by 11 inches (about 3300 x 3300 pixels);
Between 100 and 300 dots per inch (DPI) in resolution (valid values are 100, 150, 200, 250, and 300 DPI);
In grayscale or color (24-bit or lower color preferred).
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.)
Select “Add Document.” (If a separate window appears asking you to run the Java plugin, please select “Run.”)
Select “Browse” on the next screen to locate a file to upload. Select the file and select “Open.” The filename should appear in the “Select and Upload Evidence” table. To select other files for a particular category, repeat this step.
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.)
Once you have selected the files you need for an evidence category, select “Upload” to attach them to Form I-526. This process may take a few minutes, depending on the number and size of files you want to upload. The progress bar will show when all documents have been uploaded.
Select “Next” to upload documents for another evidence category.
Once you have finished uploading evidence, select “Next” to proceed to the next step in Form I-526, “Review Upload.”
USCIS created the USCIS ELIS document library as an electronic tool used by an approved regional center for the Immigrant Investor Program (also known as EB-5). The USCIS ELIS document library:
Provides regional center representatives the ability to electronically store organizational and transactional documents for foreign nationals who have invested in the commercial enterprise within the approved regional center;
Allows immigrant investors to attest that the electronic documents associated with their investment are true and accurate; and
Enables the immigrant investors to link to their electronic or paper-filed Form I-526 petition with documents stored in the document library.
To use this tool you must be a document library manager authorized by an approved regional center. For more information on approved regional centers and the EB-5 program, see the links listed on the right.
Once a regional center has established a USCIS ELIS document library, they can upload deal packages and invite immigrant investors to access electronic copies of their investment documents. For information on how to attest the accuracy of your investment documents, please see How to Attest to the Deal Package.
Create a USCIS ELIS Document Library:
Create USCIS ELIS account.
Note: When you select account type, choose Document Library Manager. Save your USCIS ELIS Account ID.
Request access to a new Document Library.
Receive Passcode to Access Document Library.
You will receive a document library passcode by mail from USCIS.
Enter your document library passcode.
Once you enter your passcode, you will have access to your document library. You can manage your library to create deal packages.
Upload files to your document library.
Click the Manage Folders and Upload Files button to create folders and upload files into your document library.
Notes: You cannot have files with the same name within the same folder. And, you cannot rename or delete documents once uploaded.
Manage your document library.
You cannot have identical file names in the same folder.
You also cannot rename, modify, or delete documents once uploaded. Changes to the documents would require the creation of a separate deal package reflecting the updated documents.
Several managers with access.
If multiple document library managers have access to your document library, click refresh periodically to update the page.
Immigrant Fee Payment: Tips on Finding Your A-Number and DOS Case ID
If you are immigrating to the United States, and you will be admitted as a lawful permanent resident, you must pay a $165 USCIS Immigrant Fee. You must pay this fee online using the USCIS Electronic Immigration System (USCIS ELIS). 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 Permanent Resident Card (commonly referred to as a Green Card) without delay. However, you can also pay the USCIS Immigrant fee after you immigrate to the U.S. Your Green Card will be sent to you after the fee is paid.
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 into USCIS ELIS and selecting USCIS Immigrant Fee from the drop-down menu. You will need your Alien Number (A-Number) and DOS Case ID to pay the fee.
Please make sure you correctly enter your A-Number and DOS Case ID when paying your USCIS Immigrant Fee. Errors with either number will significantly delay your Green Card.
You can find your A-Number and DOS Case ID on your immigrant data summary, USCIS Immigrant Fee handout, or immigrant visa stamp. Your A-Number is the letter “A” followed by eight or nine numbers (such as A012345678). Your DOS Case ID is three letters followed by nine or 10 numbers (for example, XYZ0123456789). If you are a Diversity Visa immigrant, your DOS Case ID will have four numbers followed by two letters and five more numbers (0000AB01234).
Immigrant Data Summary During your U.S. embassy or consulate appointment, you should have received an immigrant data summary stapled to the front of your immigrant visa package. You can find your A-Number and DOS Case ID at the top of the immigrant data summary, as shown in the picture below.
USCIS Immigrant Fee Handout At the time of your interview at the U.S. embassy or consulate, the DOS interviewing officer should have given you a USCIS Immigrant Fee handout. This document provides instructions on how to pay the $165 immigrant fee and included your A-Number and DOS Case ID. Your A-Number and DOS Case ID are located in the top right corner, as shown below. Please make a copy of your USCIS Immigrant Fee handout or write down your A-Number and DOS Case ID and store it in a safe place. If you did not receive an immigrant data summary or a USCIS Immigrant Fee handout with your visa packet, please contact the U.S. embassy or consulate that issued your visa to request a copy.
Visa Stamp You can also find your A-Number and DOS Case ID on the visa stamp (also called a visa foil) in your passport, as shown in the picture below.
Your A-Number is identified as the Registration Number on your visa stamp. If your A-Number is fewer than nine digits, insert a zero after the “A” and before the first digit to create a nine-digit number. For example, “A12345678” would become “A012345678.”
Your DOS Case ID is identified as the IV Case Number on your visa stamp. However, please note the IV Case Number has two additional numbers at the end, such as 01 or 02. When entering the IV Case Number as the DOS Case ID into USCIS ELIS, do not include the last two numbers. For example, if your IV Case Number is “ABC1234567801,” you would enter your DOS Case ID as “ABC12345678” (do not include the “01”)
Making an Appointment With Your Local USCIS Office If you are still unable to find your A-Number, you can make an appointment to visit your local USCIS office. An immigration services officer can provide you with your A-Number. You can schedule this appointment by using our INFOPASS online scheduler.
If you wish to appear as an attorney or accredited representative (“representative”) before USCIS for an applicant who has already filed his/her benefit request in USCIS ELIS, you must take the following steps:
Create an online account in USCIS ELIS if you currently do not have a USCIS ELIS online account;
Complete a Form G-28, Notice of Entry of Appearance as Attorney or Accredited Representative; and
Write your USCIS ELIS online account number across the top of the Form G-28.
NOTE: USCIS cannot link your client’s case to your USCIS ELIS account and update the account to reflect that you are authorized to represent your client before USCIS and/or the Board of Immigration Appeals unless you write your USCIS ELIS representative online account number on the G-28.
Form G-28 can be submitted in one of two ways:
Your client scans and uploads the completed G-28 into USCIS ELIS to accompany his or her benefit request. Your client can upload the G-28 in USCIS ELIS by selecting View/Submit Additional Documents for Consideration from the View My Cases screen.
You mail the completed G-28 to: Vermont Service Center ATTN: USCIS ELIS 75 Lower Welden Street St Albans, VT 05479
Cases with Non-U.S. Mailing Addresses
Applicants, who select electronic notification, will receive an e-mail or text message to view his or her account for updates. USCIS will only mail proof of benefit documents (for example, updated I-94, Arrival-Departure Records; I-765, Employment Authorization Document) to a physical mailing address within the United States.
Creating a Permanent Representative Account
Complying with federal privacy regulations, a USCIS ELIS account will be deleted if the account holder (applicant) has not submitted a benefit request within 30 days of account creation. Representatives who do not submit a benefit request on behalf of their clients within 30 days of account creation will be required to complete the account set-up process again and e-sign an attestation verifying the accuracy of his or her USCIS ELIS online account information and profile. After e-signing, USCIS will provide the representative with a USCIS ELIS online account number and create a permanent representative account.
To respond to a Request for Evidence (RFE) or a Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID), log into your USCIS ELIS account and go to View My Cases. Select the specific case and select Go. You will be taken to a page where you can click on a link to View/Respond to Request for Evidence (RFE) orView Respond to Notice of Intent to Deny.
To submit additional evidence to support your client’s case, log into your USCIS ELIS account and go to View My Cases. Select the specific case and select Go. You will be directed to a page where you can click on a link to View/Submit Additional Documents for Consideration.
New e-Filing Capabilities for Representatives – Starting January 14, 2013
Beginning January 14, 2013, you will no longer be required to collect a physical signature on the paper application and scan and upload the signature page to USCIS ELIS. You can electronically interact with your clients by providing the applicant with access to his or her case for review and electronic signature. For more details, see e-Filing Steps for Representatives.
Draft Benefit Requests
If you have prepared a draft benefit request for your client but have not been submitted it to USCIS, you will still be able to access the draft on or after January 14, 2013. When accessing the draft, you will be directed to the About You section to begin editing or updating the benefit request before final submission to USCIS.
NOTE: Your client will be required to verify case information in USCIS ELIS and begin or decline the e-signing process before the benefit request can be formally submitted to USCIS.
Controlled Access to USCIS ELIS Online Account
Your clients cannot make changes to, or pay for, a benefit request you draft. However, you can edit the benefit request on their behalf and then provide your clients with access to the revised benefit request for their review and e-signature. You can submit fee payments on behalf of your clients in USCIS ELIS.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is moving from a paper-based model to a secure, online benefits processing environment. On May 22, 2012, USCIS launched the foundational release of our new system, the USCIS Electronic Immigration System (USCIS ELIS). This guide provides helpful information for attorneys and accredited representatives regarding new features of USCIS ELIS as of November 2014. To learn more about USCIS ELIS visit our Web site at www.uscis.gov/uscis-elis or send us an email at email@example.com.
Representative e-Filing Steps
A case passcode is displayed after you enter the required information and e-sign a benefit request.
Provide that case passcode to your client/applicant. (Note: the passcode should be securely handled because it allows access to case information.)
Your client/applicant must log into his/her USCIS ELIS account and enter the case passcode when prompted.
Your client/applicant verifies the information on the case snapshot and selects “Begin E-Signature Process” or “Decline E-Signature.”
If your client/applicant completes the e-signature process, you will receive a notice stating the benefit request is complete and is ready for payment.
Log into your USCIS ELIS representative account and select the relevant case to begin the payment process. Your will then submit the benefit request.
If the applicant has declined to e-sign, you will receive a notice that the e-signature was declined.
Because your client/applicant cannot make changes directly in their benefit request, as the representative, you must make updates as needed. A new case passcode is not generated if the applicant’s email address remains unchanged.
DSO Efficient Practices: Lessons learned from other DSOs who have used USCIS ELIS.
Listed below are some efficient practices provided by DSOs to assists students e-filing with USCIS ELIS. To submit your own efficient practices for using USCIS ELIS, click the button above or email USCIS at USCIS-ELIS-Feedback@uscis.dhs.gov.
Collect and scan all supporting documents before starting the application process
Save a PDF copy of the completed application before submitting the case to USCIS ELIS
Email the PDF copy of the completed application to the DSO to review before submitting the application