Monday, January 2, 2012

USA - New USCIS ELIS (Electronic Immigration System) in the Horizon

The US Citizenship and Immigration Service’ Director, Mr. Alejandro Mayorkas announced recently through The BEACON that the post-development phase of their new USCIS ELIS (Electronic Immigration System) was about ready to be released of its first segment.  ELIS is anticipated to be released for public use at the soonest.

Source: USCIS
 “The new USCIS ELIS will transform our paper-based agency into an electronic, online organization.  This is an unprecedented step for the world’s largest and most complex immigration system” - said A. Mayorkas, Director, USCIS.

The prototype of ELIS was shown through the link at The BEACON (see above). It demonstrated the convenience of a nonimmigrant visa holder to apply for the Status Change or Extend his/her visa. When this becomes operationally launched, many visa holders can benefit from it electronically.  

USCIS is developing a simplified, Web-based system that will allow customers to submit and track their applications online and enhance USCIS' ability to process cases with greater accuracy, security and timeliness.”

A better viewing is also available at (please click the link provided below).

This means faster delivery of business needs, that employees will soon have access to a real electronic system that USCIS has been trying to push through in many years. Based on the demonstration provided, it shows significant advantages and convenience to employees, employers, even the B visa holders and others.

The ELIS is meant to be a web-based system. This means that anyone can access it regardless of their current location within the United States or outside the country.  If this is to be true, a real convenience has arrived in the USCIS premises.  It will eliminate the time consuming procedures and documentation that every nonimmigrant visa holder has to go through when renewing, changing, or extending their current status.

However, it would be necessary to wait and see how it will work actually. Hopefully, the USCIS’ Electronic Tranformational Team has thought all the many facets that complete an application of which fast track approvals as well as avoidance of RFE (Request for Evidence) or additional documentation.    

Other countries like Australia has put in placed successfully, an electronically convenient web-based visa acquisition. Something that USCIS has to look as well. 

We  like to hear about your experience and feedback in regards to how effective this new system.  You can email your comments to: or send through the provided message field at the end of this article. 

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