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Collaboration Session #4 - External Data Interface Standards (EDIS)

On May 19th, the USCIS Office of Public Engagement invited stakeholders to participate collaboration session to discuss the USCIS E-Filing External Data Interface Standard (EDIS).  EDIS is a set of technical standards that enable a third party immigration practitioner’s system to securely transfer digital immigration benefit request data directly to USCIS.  This system-to-system interface will be a new electronic filing (E-filing) channel, and is intended to increase efficiency and improve the acceptance rate for immigration benefit requests.  EDIS is part of the Agency’s broader USCIS Transformation Program effort to create a more transparent, efficient and customer focused organization.  For background information on EDIS and notes from the first two collaboration sessions, please visit USCIS Notes from Previous Engagements.
As the target date for when draft specifications will be publicly available approaches, USCIS is beginning the construction of the EDIS Information Exchange Package Documentation (IEPD). The objectives for the EDIS Exchange collaboration sessions are to share the status and some technical details of key components of the EDIS IEPD, and to hear directly from potential users about issues or concerns with what is proposed. This insight will allow the Agency to learn about possible issues early in the development stage and bring awareness to alternative E-filing approaches. For more information on IEPD, please visit the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) website.

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