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Immigration and Nationality Law
|Coming Soon - Efiling with BCIS
The Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS) has announced that beginning May 29 it will offer electronic filing (efiling) as an option for the Form I90, used to renew or replace a "green card," and Form I765, the application for Employment Authorization. An applicant or his or her representative will be able to complete and submit applications at any time, from any computer with Internet access. Upon completion of the efiling session, the applicant will receive instant electronic confirmation that the application was received. Applicants will then schedule an appointment to visit an Application Support Center for collection of a digital photograph, signature, and fingerprint. Appointment may be scheduled by phoning the National Customer Service Center at (800) 375-5283.
Customers, whose applications are approved, receive high quality immigration documents with special security features produced from BCIS' centralized card production facility. Filing instructions and eligibility information for e-filing will be available at www.bcis.gov.
"The introduction of efiling represents an important stride in our effort to deliver immigration services in a more efficient and customer-friendly way while meeting our national security objectives," said Tom Ridge, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. "These two forms are the first of many immigration applications we plan to make available for online filing in the near future."
BCIS intends to add efiling capabilities for additional forms in the Fall of 2003. Additional forms include: Form I129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker (which is used to file H1B petitions, among others); Form I131, Application for Travel Document; Form I140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker; Form I539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status; Form I821, Application for Temporary Protected Status; and Form I907, Request for Premium Processing.
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