Immigration Law

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USCIS: Marooned on ELIS Island?
Posted on 16 Mar 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More

Tags: computer , elis , USCIS

DHS OIG Puts Kibosh on ELIS for Natz.
Posted on 23 Jan 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS OIG, Jan. 19, 2017 - Management Alert - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ Use of the Electronic Immigration System for Naturalization Benefits Processing "We are recommending that USCIS halt plans to revert to using the Electronic... Read More

Tags: elis , oig , Naturalization , DHS

News Excerpts From the April 15, 2015, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin
Posted on 1 Apr 2015 by LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Staff

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... Read More

Excerpts From the Sept. 15, 2012 Bender's Immigration Bulletin
Posted on 5 Sep 2012 by LexisNexis Immigration Law Community Staff

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... Read More

USCIS Electronic Transformation Program in 'Crisis'
Posted on 29 Dec 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More

Tags: IBM , elis , agile , USCIS

USCIS Immigrant Fee Payment Moves to USCIS ELIS
Posted on 20 May 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More

USCIS Immigrant Fee Payment to Move to USCIS ELIS
Posted on 1 May 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More

USCIS ELIS Instructions
Posted on 23 May 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More

Form I-90 Now Available on ELIS
Posted on 30 Mar 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card is now available in the USCIS Electronic Immigration System (USCIS ELIS) . USCIS ELIS is an online, account-based system that allows you to submit and view certain immigration benefit... Read More

Tags: uscs , elis , i-90

Snapshot: USCIS/AILA Meeting re ELIS
Posted on 21 Jun 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More

Tags: elis , aila , meeting , USCIS

USCIS Computer System Slower Than Old-Fashioned Paper-Pushing
Posted on 18 Jul 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More

Tags: elis , Adjudication , oig , USCIS

USCIS to Launch ELIS on May 22nd
Posted on 18 May 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

" 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... Read More

Tags: elis , USCIS

USCIS Says "Keep Out!" to UPILers Seeking ELIS Access
Posted on 23 May 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More

Tags: elis , upil , cun

Green Cards Sent to Wrong Addresses
Posted on 16 Mar 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Washington Post, Mar. 16, 2016 - "A new report from the office of John Roth, the inspector general in the Department of Homeland Security, which includes customs and immigration, says officials acknowledge there is “no accurate means of identifying... Read More