Immigration Forms Still Not Digitized at USCIS

HIGHLIGHTS

Problems with immigration include:

  • no transparency
  • little efficiency
  • lack of technology

Immigration forms are an antiquated necessity that USCIS has been promising to digitize for years.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) decade-long effort to digitize its nearly 100 immigration forms has seen little progress, racking up about $1 billion in project costs and operating on a tenuous timeline for completion, reported The Washington Post in today’s edition. Right now, the only digital immigration form available through USCIS is an application to renew or replace a green card.  Yet many immigrants who have used the application waited as long as a year or never received their new card at all.

“Immigration lawyers say the current system leads to lost applications, months-long delays and errors that cause further delays. Immigrants miss deadlines for benefits, meaning they lose everything from jobs and mortgages to travel opportunities,” The Post reports.

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