USCIS suspends electronic filing of forms

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is modernizing its electronic filing system for immigration forms and therefore will temporarily suspend the use of this service for the electronic filing of certain forms.

USCIS took this action to improve and preserve the security of data submitted electronically. It will discontinue the use of e-Filing and replace it with the new Electronic Immigration System.

According to USCIS, the new system is faster, more secure and easier to update.

During the transition period to the Electronic Immigration System, certain USCIS forms cannot be submitted online.

August 30, 2015 is the last day that the following forms can be started online by e-Filing:

Form I-131, Application for Travel Document
Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker
Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization
Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status
Form I-907, Petition for Expedited Service of Process

These forms must be completed and submitted on or before September 20, 2015. If the electronic form is not completed within this period, a paper application will have to be submitted and mailed.

USCIS informs that these forms will eventually be available in the Electronic Immigration System.

How to submit paper forms

If you did not submit the electronic forms by September 20, you will need to file the paper version of the forms. Instructions for submitting the paper forms can be found by clicking on the links below:

Form I-131, Application for Travel Document
Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker
Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization
Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status
Form I-907, Petition for Expedited Service of Process

For more information or if you have questions, you can call the National Customer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283 (TDD for the deaf and hard of hearing 1-800-767-1833).

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