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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Immigration Agency Opens Gate for Online Applications

After years of planning and months of delays, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service launched its portal for online applications on Tuesday. USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas told The Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp they are calling the new electronic information system "ELIS," in recognition of the historical immigration gateway Ellis Island.

The logo for the new system even includes an image of the Statue of Liberty, which welcomed immigrants to the country as they entered Ellis Island.

"This is really the beginning of the future for our agency," Mayorkas said.

Tuesday's launch is the first phase in the agency's comprehensive Transformation Program. When completed, the USCIS will manage 6 to 7 million applications online every year.


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