Tuesday, August 25, 2015

USCIS DISCONTINUING LEGACY E-FILING

USCIS is discontinue its legacy e-Filing system and will be rolling out a new system called the Electronic Immigration System.  A date for the launch of the new system has not been announced.

USCIS expects that the new system will be faster, more secure, and easier to upgrade and update.  Importantly, the new systems will have high data security standards.

The last day to start new forms in the present system is August 30, 2015. The old system will be decommissioned on September 20, 2015.  After September 20, all forms must be filed via hard, paper copy. 

The legacy e-Filing system has offered online filing for several USCIS forms, although it was never widely accepted by users.  MU Law rarely used the e-filing system, as it offered no tangible benefits to petitioners and had several detriments. 

It remains to be seen if the new proposed system will enhance user experience.  It is worth noting that the Department of Labor’s on-line PERM system just celebrated its 10th anniversary.  While the PERM system is not perfect, it achieves its goals and is a good model for the USCIS to emulate.

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