WASHINGTON – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced a new strategy for eProcessing to accelerate USCIS’ transition to a digital model. The goal is to provide a complete digital experience for applicants, from applying for a benefit, to communicating with USCIS, through receiving a decision on a case.
Certain business visitors, tourist visitors, and vocational students can now apply online to extend their stay in the United States. Additional classifications are expected to follow soon.
eProcessing will connect different technology systems within the agency and will streamline the process, increase transparency during the application process, and accelerate the availability of online filing for all immigration benefits.
“One of my priorities is to accelerate the modernization of our nation’s lawful immigration system,” said USCIS Director L. Francis Cissna. “eProcessing modernizes USCIS’ work to create a paperless solution that is more effective for applicants, our officers, and our partner agencies.”
Applicants may confirm their online filing eligibility at uscis.gov/i539online, and then file Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status online with their USCIS account.