Benefits of Online Filing

Introduction

USCIS is moving from a paper-based application model to a secure, online filing system. With online filing, you can file Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card and pay the USCIS Immigrant Fee online.

The Benefits

USCIS can more easily review and process requests for immigration benefits by electronically accessing the information you submit. These improvements result in more complete, accurate and timely responses to your requests.

Similar to online banking, our online accounts provide a single electronic mechanism for submitting information and managing any immigration applications, petitions, or requests.

When filing a Form I-90 online, you can:

  • Create and manage your account online;

  • Submit and track your applications, petitions, or requests, conveniently and securely, including the ability to submit supporting documents and pay required fees electronically; and

  • Receive more specific and timely case status information.

You have the option to file Form I-90 using the paper or the online version. However, USCIS now processes all Form I-90 applications electronically.

When you file a paper Form I-90 with a USCIS Lockbox, the Lockbox will convert the paper application into a digital format. USCIS will then create an online account for you, unless you already have an existing online account.  You will then receive a USCIS Account Acceptance Notice, which includes instructions on how you can access your online account. With an account, you can check the status of your applications, petitions, or requests, and manage your contact information.

NOTE: USCIS will continue processing a Form I-90 even if you choose not to access your USCIS online account. You will continue to receive notifications and updates about your application by mail through the U.S. Postal Service.

USCIS will gradually expand online filing to include more features, functions, and form types. To learn more about online filing, including upcoming webinars and engagement opportunities, visit the USCIS website at www.uscis.gov/uscis-elis.

Feedback

A key component of this effort is obtaining input from key stakeholders, including applicants, our employees, and federal partners. If you have a suggestion for how to improve online filing, please email your feedback to uscis-elis-feedback@uscis.dhs.gov. Please do not send specific case or account-related questions.

If you have a technical issue or request, please contact us through our online help form at the USCIS Contact Center.

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