USCIS Improves Forms and Technology

Thursday, August 15, 2013
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has introduced new and improved forms.  The new forms are easier to use and are available through enhanced technology.  The forms have an easier to use format, are more user friendly, use new technology, and have more content available on the internet.  

Easy-to-Use Formats: USCIS is publishing many of the forms in a 2-column, Adobe fillable format. When completed electronically, this format restricts incorrect entries and provides informational pop-up boxes to assist customers.

User-Friendly Look and Feel: The naturalization forms include clear and comprehensive instructions in plain language.

Centralized Processing: The filing locations have been centralized at the USCIS Lockbox facilities.  Beginning in February 2013, customers filing Form N-470, Application to Preserve Residence for Naturalization Purposes, will mail them to the Dallas Lockbox facility.

New Data Collection Technologies: Beginning with Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card, USCIS will publish high-volume forms with 2D barcode technology.  When the forms are completed using a computer, the barcode at the bottom of the page will store the data entered on the form.  The barcode will allow USCIS to upload the form directly to USCIS systems, allowing for improved data quality and operational efficiency.

Enhanced Web Content: USCIS is posting filing addresses and detailed fee information on the form landing pages.  Check the “Where to File” section for the form to find the most current filing addresses. 
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