U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) have made it easier for customers to find what they need and to submit application forms. Some immigration forms, petitions and applications can even be e-filed. But do you qualify to e-file with USCIS?
Forms that Can Be E-Filed
Before you download a form from USCIS and send it in, check to see if your particular application can be e-filed instead. Forms that can be e-Filed with USCIS include Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card, Form I-131, Application for Travel Document, I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker, I-539 Application to Extend/Change Non-immigrant Status, I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service and more. For a full list of immigration forms that can be e-filed, click here for a more comprehensive list of forms.
Benefits of E-Filing with USCIS
There are certain benefits to e-filing. Customers who choose to e-file can do so anywhere with an Internet connection and pay their fees easily and conveniently using their credit card or directly through their bank account. Another benefit of e-filing is that USCIS will provide immediate confirmation that your application has been received.
Those Who Do Not Qualify to E-File
Not everyone is eligible to e-File their application with USCIS. If you are applying for a waiver of a filing fee or you are requesting that your particular case be expedited, except for Form I-907, you will not be able to e-file. Check the instructions page on the form you are seeking to file with USCIS to see if there are any specific prohibitions on e-Filing. If you do not qualify to e-file your application, you will need to refer to the paper version and send it in to the appropriate address.
Forms, applications and petitions can be downloaded free of charge and submitted to USCIS through snail mail or they can be e-filed. E-filing is quicker, easier and USICS will provide immediate confirmation that your application has been received. However, you should check to see if your particular application can be e-filed and if there are any restrictions to e-filing that you need to be aware of.
Source:U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, File My Application Online (E-Filing).