According to the Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website, more than a million people have used online tools to apply for immigration benefits. This number is a major milestone for immigration authorities who are now beginning to embrace the ways digital technologies can streamline the agency’s operations. In fact, online tools have helped to reduce wait times for immigrants applying for benefits, such as American citizenship through naturalization or a green card replacement for permanent residency.
In a statement, USCIS spokeswoman Jessica Collins said, “Online filing is a more convenient and interactive way for applicants to submit applications, check the status of their case, and receive notices from USCIS. Applicants can be more confident they are providing the necessary information and payment as they apply, and that receipt and processing of their case will not be delayed by mail or clerical errors.”
If you want to use online filing for immigration benefits, you will first need to create a personal account with USCIS. You can sign up using an email address, here.
Collins says that the online filing system helps immigration officials reduce the time, cost, and effort that is spent sharing, moving, storing, and scanning printed documents for benefits requests.
According to USCIS, 61% of the one million immigrants who used digital resources provided by USCIS used the online filing system to replace their permanent resident card or green card, while 37% used it to apply for U.S. citizenship.
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