USCIS Says "Keep Out!" to UPILers Seeking ELIS Access

USCIS Says "Keep Out!" to UPILers Seeking ELIS Access

"The FAQs makes very clear that ELIS is an online tool to be used by very specific, qualified individuals, their attorneys or their accredited BIA representatives.  Notarios and “immigration consultants,” as well as other groups, are prohibited from creating an account in ELIS. This is indeed very consistent with USCIS’ message June 2011 regarding its efforts to combat the unauthorized practice of immigration law (UPIL). I’ve blogged about UPIL in the past and continue to bring attention to this area when it matters. USCIS’ explicit instructions on this add additional weight to this message.  As users become more familiar with ELIS, it will be interesting to evaluate how effectively ELIS keeps out UPIL culprits and what mechanisms ELIS will have to actively combat UPIL." - Ann Cun, May 23, 2012.