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USCIS announces the beginning of “eProcessing”

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has recently announced that it will begin “eProcessing” cases. The official announcement states that “eProcessing will be a complete digital experience, from applying for a benefit, to communicating with USCIS, through receiving a decision on a case.” The hope is that this new system will “improve decision timeliness, increase transparency during the application process, and accelerate the availability of online filing for all immigration benefits.”

The first step in this transition is to allow certain nonimmigrants applying for a change of status or an extension of status to do so online.

Historically major changes in the processing system have been implemented slowly, over the course of many months or years. We expect that this will be the case here as well, and that the transition may be a bumpy one.  Contact us at theteam@huwelaw.com or 415-496-9040 to learn more.

Can you apply for a green card this month? Check the April Visa Bulletin!

Have you been “waiting in line” for a green card to become available in your preference category? You can check the U.S. Department of State Visa Bulletin for April 2019 to see if your priority date is current this month.

USCIS has determined that in April, the Dates for Filing Chart must be used for family-sponsored green cards, and the Final Action Dates Chart used for employer-sponsored green cards.

To view the full Bulletin, please visit:

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/legal/visa-law0/visa-bulletin/2019/visa-bulletin-for-april-2019.html

Need help interpreting the Bulletin and preparing and filing your green card application? Contact us at theteam@huwelaw.com or 415-496-9040 today.