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USCIS to Launch ELIS on May 22nd

" On Tuesday May 22, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will launch the initial release of its new electronic immigration system, USCIS ELIS. USCIS ELIS is the agency’s first-ever online immigration system created to modernize the process for both filing and adjudicating...

USCIS Launches Online Immigration System, USCIS ELIS

"U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today launched the first phase of its electronic immigration benefits system, known as USCIS ELIS . The system has been created to modernize the process for filing and adjudicating immigration benefits. “Today marks a significant...

USCIS ELIS Instructions

"USCIS is committed to creating an electronic benefit processing system that is easy to use and understand, and provides its users with timely and accurate information. USCIS ELIS, our Electronic Immigration System, provides a simplified, online method for applicants, petitioners, and their attorneys...

Excerpts From the Sept. 15, 2012 Bender's Immigration Bulletin

CBP Discontinues Stamping I-20s and DS-2019s at POEs As of August 10, Customs and Border Protection no longer provides admission stamps on Forms I-20/DS-2019 for prospective and returning international students and scholars traveling with F, M, or J visas and seeking admission to the United States...

USCIS Electronic Transformation Program in 'Crisis'

"The Homeland Security Department will award contracts to multiple companies to fix a long-suffering program aimed at computerizing immigration paperwork, after a lackluster job by the current vendor, according to federal officials and internal memos. The original five-year, $536,000 plan for “Transformation”...

Excerpts from the March 1, 2013, Bender's Immigration Bulletin

Supreme Court: Padilla Did Not Create New Rule: No Retroactive Application to Cases on Collateral Review On February 20, the Supreme Court announced its decision in Chaidez v. United States. The majority of the Court held that the decision in Padilla v. Kentucky, 559 U.S. 356, is not retroactive for...

USCIS Immigrant Fee Payment to Move to USCIS ELIS

"USCIS is moving the existing online payment for the USCIS Immigrant Fee to its Electronic Immigration System ( USCIS ELIS ). Customers will soon pay the $165 USCIS Immigrant Fee using USCIS ELIS after they receive their immigrant visa package from the Department of State and before they depart...

USCIS Immigrant Fee Payment Moves to USCIS ELIS

"USCIS has moved the online payment of the USCIS Immigrant Fee to its Electronic Immigration System ( USCIS ELIS ). Customers must now pay the $165 USCIS Immigrant Fee using USCIS ELIS after they receive their immigrant visa package from the Department of State and before they depart for the United...

Snapshot: USCIS/AILA Meeting re ELIS

"On April 9, 2014, the Office of Transformation Coordination (OTC), in collaboration with the Customer Service and Public Engagement Directorate (CSPED), conducted its Transformation Liaison Committee Meeting with the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). USCIS provided updates on USCIS...

USCIS Computer System Slower Than Old-Fashioned Paper-Pushing

"After six years of development, a new automated system for processing immigration forms takes twice as long as processing applications by hand, according to a Department of Homeland Security internal watchdog. The $1.7 billion information technology project, called Transformation, began under a...

Click 150 Times If You 'Like' ELIS

"USCIS’ IT systems do not fully provide the functionality needed to support its mission. For example, as part of its Transformation program, USCIS created ELIS, an electronic immigration system. The aim of ELIS is to provide a more efficient and higher quality adjudication process. However...

USCIS: Marooned on ELIS Island?

"If there’s one thing politicians of all stripes can agree on, it’s this: The immigration system is broken. What’s less obvious is the extent to which that’s physically true. An online system that was supposed to automate the processing of green cards and other immigration...

News Excerpts From the April 15, 2015, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

ICE Announces Safeguards for Releases of Noncitizens with Convictions | On March 18, 2015, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced that it would implement additional safeguards prior to releasing noncitizens with criminal convictions from custody. Under the new policy, the discretionary...