USCIS to Launch ELIS on May 22nd

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 immigration benefits. The first release, which is available for certain students and visitors, lays the foundation for the Web-based future of USCIS and our immigration system.  Beginning with the first release, USCIS ELIS provides improved customer service, shorter processing times, and enhanced adjudication tools to combat fraud and safeguard national security. Future releases will add form types and functions to the system, gradually expanding to cover all USCIS immigration benefits. Releasing the system in multiple phases will give USCIS the ability to continually enhance the user experience for both customers and our employees. It will also allow the agency to smooth the transition to electronic filing over time and retain a paper filing option for customers.  We encourage interested individuals to participate in an event to learn about the new system on Tuesday, May 22, 2012, from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm (Eastern). Following a presentation of the system, participants will have an opportunity to ask questions and explore USCIS ELIS themselves onsite.  To Participate in the Session: Any interested parties may participate in this in-person engagement. If you wish to attend, you must respond to Public.Engagement@uscis.dhs.gov no later than close of business on Monday, May 21, 2012, and reference “USCIS ELIS” in the subject line of your email. Please also include your full name and the organization you represent in the body of the email." - USCIS, May 18, 2012.