The New Age of Immigration: Filing USCIS Applications Online


In the last year, COVID-19 has forced many aspects of our lives onto the Internet. As a result, USCIS had to adapt its operations to facilitate the safe processing of U.S. immigration applications.


As USCIS continues to expand its online services, it has increased the number of immigration applications that are eligible to be filed online with “My USCIS” (available at my.USCIS.gov).


The online portal is a great avenue for users to file immigration applications (for which online filing is available), request records, and monitor case updates.


In addition, individuals who filed paper applications can track their case updates using a “My USCIS” account.


While USCIS’s online platform is alluring to foreign nationals to use from the comfort of their homes, the need to be counseled by someone thoroughly versed in immigration law is no less present than when paper applications are submitted to USCIS.


Despite stressing the litany of benefits that come with consulting and retaining immigration counsel, we have prepared the following guide to get you started on “My USCIS”.



USCIS Forms Available For Online Filing

  1. AR-11 | Alien’s Change of Address Card

  2. G-639 | Freedom of Information/Privacy Act and Online FOIA Request

  3. I-90 | Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card

  4. I-130 | Petition for Alien Relative

  5. I-539 | Application To Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status

  6. I-765 | Application for Employment Authorization (pre-completion OPT, post-completion OPT and STEM OPT 24-month extensions)

  7. N-336 | Request for a Hearing on a Decision in Naturalization Proceedings (Under Section 336 of the INA)

  8. N-400 | Application for Naturalization

  9. N-565 | Application for Replacement Naturalization/Citizenship Document

  10. N-600 | Application for Certificate of Citizenship

  11. N-600K | Application for Citizenship and Issuance of Certificate Under Section 322

Visit USCIS for any updates.



How To Sign Up for “My USCIS”


Users can sign up for a “My USCIS” account in four simple steps.

  1. Provide an email address;

  2. Create a password;

  3. Select security settings; and

  4. Select account type.

Click here to create your account.


Click here for a video tutorial.


Benefits of My USCIS”


By filing forms using USCIS Online Accounts, immigration applicants can:

  • Have a paperless filing experience, removing the hassle of printing and postage, and reducing paper and ink wastage;

  • File forms from anywhere in the world, using any device;

  • Review their eligibility before completing a form;

  • Only answer questions that apply to them;

  • Avoid submitting incomplete applications, as required fields are flagged when left blank;

  • Upload supporting documents online;

  • Conveniently and securely pay fees online; and

  • Draft applications at their own pace and save their progress.


After completing an online filing, immigration applicants can:

  • Track their case status online;

  • View all USCIS notices pertaining to their case;

  • Use their online account to respond to Requests for Evidence; and

  • Send secure messages to USCIS.


Other Services

  • FOIA FIRST: Request Records through the Freedom of Information Act or Privacy Act

Users can request their immigration records or A-File, or another person’s A-File (with consent). Additionally, they may access other information such as USCIS policies, data, or communications.


We assist countless foreign nationals and we will be happy to personally assist you with your application as well. Send us an E-mail or call us at (888)354-6257. For reasons on why you should consult an immigration attorney whenever you have an immigration issue, see our page titled: Reasons Why it is Vital to Use an Immigration Lawyer.


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