Case Study Oct 25, 2021

Electronic Processing of I-130 Immigrant Petitions

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The Challenge

For years the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Department of State (DOS) sought a streamlined process for the I-130 data sharing. USCIS immigrant petitions were strictly paper based and transferred to the DOS manually, which created weeks or even months of delays for most family-based I-130 petitions. The paper-based system was cumbersome to staff and a burden on families whose lives could be put on hold while they awaited adjudication. The slow and costly process also had an unnecessary impact on the environment because DOS received thousands of paper files related to I-130 petitions from USCIS. USCIS needed a new interface to efficiently send verified information for I-130 petitions from the Electronic Immigration System (ELIS) to DOS to meet the increasing demands of American Citizens for the efficient adjudication of their immigrant petitions for their family. Additionally, DOS needed assistance to build their interface to process the digitized records from ELIS into their systems.

The Solution

For years the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Department of State (DOS) sought a streamlined process for the I-130 data sharing. USCIS immigrant petitions were strictly paper based and transferred to the DOS manually, which created weeks or even months of delays for most family-based I-130 petitions. The paper-based system was cumbersome to staff and a burden on families whose lives could be put on hold while they awaited adjudication. The slow and costly process also had an unnecessary impact on the environment because DOS received thousands of paper files related to I-130 petitions from USCIS. USCIS needed a new interface to efficiently send verified information for I-130 petitions from the Electronic Immigration System (ELIS) to DOS to meet the increasing demands of American Citizens for the efficient adjudication of their immigrant petitions for their family. Additionally, DOS needed assistance to build their interface to process the digitized records from ELIS into their systems.

The Outcome

American citizens and Legal Permanent Residents who file the I-130 on behalf of their family members, now wait less time for their petitions to be more securely verified and transferred from USCIS to DOS using the state of the art ELIS Digital Platform. Additionally, there is significant savings to the U.S. taxpayer through the decreased cost in preparation, storage, and transportation of sending each paper file from USCIS to the State Department and there is significant labor cost savings by eliminating the need to manually data enter I-130 data into State’s system. Finally, the new process decreases the impact on the environment by eliminating the use of paper

Tools used to achieve these outcomes:

  • AWS Technologies
  • Agile Stacks