USCIS Electronic Immigration System (ELIS)

USCIS is coming up with a new system to transform their paper-based system into an electronic one. They are in the testing stage of what they call, “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.”

The USCIS will bring about this transformation in stages, releasing periodically various immigration forms or adding functionality to what already exists. The first release will be immigration form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status. There has been a delay in the release of this form in the electronic version and USCIS has announced that it will keep the public informed about the new schedules. They intend to do more testing on this form to ensure the a quality release. Once the I-539 is released, it will be the platform for the development of other benefits in this system.

USCIS has posted a video on their website which demonstrates how a customer can set up an account online, and use this new feature to submit the Form I-539 online. This video demonstrates the key features. It is to be noted that this is not the final version and that USCIS may come out with a different system than shown on the video depending on the feedback they receive.