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USCIS alerts immigrants about changes to carry out procedures digitally

The Office of Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the “eProcessing” strategy with which it will seek to accelerate the transition to a digital model in the processing of applications for immigration benefits.

The objective is that immigrants issue their applications, can follow up digitally with the authority and they respond in the same way their decisions at each step of the process.

The first procedures that are integrated into the new system are for those who require work and student visas, although it also highlights processes that already exist, such as applications for extension of stay in the United States.

According to the project, two aspects will be improved: The arrival of the application and a direct communication with the immigration authority without the use of written mail.

“One of my priorities is to accelerate the modernization of our nation’s legal immigration system,” said agency director Francis Cissna. 

The agency says its new system will help reduce processing times for all migratory benefits – about eight million requests – such as Permanent Residence and naturalization, although the latter already operates online.

“USCIS will create official digital immigration records through this modernized immigration benefits application process,” says the authority as part of the security elements it integrates. 

The authority will inform each time you integrate a new service.

What is already available

For the moment, Form I-539, Application to Extend / Change Nonimmigrant Status can be submitted online, which includes the following types of visas:

  • Temporary visitor for business B-1
  • Temporary visitor for pleasure B-2
  • F-1 academic student whose status has a specific expiration date
  • Spouse or F-2 child of an academic student whose status has a specific due date
  • M-1 vocational student
  • Spouse or M-2 child of an M-1 student
  • Non-Immigrants F-2 and M-2

What’s coming

USCIS will gradually integrate all its services, such as

  • Extension of stay if you have the spouse or child status H-4 of a temporary worker H
  • Other types of visas, including change of status
  • Services through legal or accredited representation
  • Procedures that contemplate a request as a co-applicant

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