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USCIS Discontinues Legacy E-Filing System


U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced that it is discontinuing its legacy “e-Filing” system to maintain data security standards and focus resources on a replacement Electronic Immigration System.

The legacy e-Filing system offered online filing for several USCIS forms. After the legacy system is decommissioned and before the new system is fully operational, applicants must use paper forms when filing all categories of:

  • 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, Request for Premium Processing Service

The last day to start new forms in the e-Filing system was August 30, 2015. Applicants must complete and submit all forms by September 20, 2015, or file a paper form. Those who have a pending case submitted through the legacy e-Filing system do not need to take any action. USCIS said it will adjudicate those cases to completion.

USCIS noted that the forms being removed from the legacy e-Filing system will not be available immediately in the new Electronic Immigration System, but the agency plans to add them in the future. USCIS did not indicate when the new system would be fully implemented.

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