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On May 22, 2012, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) launched the first phase of our new electronic immigration system, known as USCIS ELIS. Beginning on January 14, 2013, new USCIS ELIS features include significant improvements to the way attorneys and Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) accredited representatives electronically interact with clients. The new system brings the agency closer to realizing the Web-based future of immigration services and is part of USCIS’s continuous effort to better serve our customers.

Currently, USCIS ELIS is available for certain students and visitors who need to file a stand-alone Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status (Form I-539). Future releases will add form types and functions to the system, gradually expanding to cover most USCIS immigration benefits. More information about USCIS ELIS is available on the web page.

USCIS hostedmultiple webinars on Thursday, February 14, 2013 to give interested individuals an opportunity to view the different features of USCIS ELIS and ask questions about the system. The schedule for the webinars was as follows:

DateTime (all times Eastern)
Thursday, February 1411:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 143:00 – 4:00 p.m.


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