An overhaul of the website for the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services may mean that some immigrants in Florida have better access to applications, petitions and general resources. A press release from the agency says that the site’s new design should make finding relevant information easier. There are also more resources for Spanish speakers and speakers of other languages.
Many request forms can be submitted online, including an application to register permanent residency, to change or extend non-immigrant status or to apply for naturalization. Filing online can make paying fees easier, and individuals’ accounts can be accessed using mobile devices. Applicants can also update information online as needed. There are common errors associated with filing immigration documents, such using outdated forms or writing illegibly, that the online process will solve.
Immigrants can start by opening an online account. They can submit applications and any supporting documentation as well as track their status throughout the process. This includes being able to review all the interactions they have had with USCIS. There is a feature called “Explore My Options” that examines eligibility for various benefits. Search and filter options have also been improved. Over a million people have used the tools provided by USCIS to apply for immigration benefits online since it first became available.
There are a number of benefits to naturalization even for individuals who are already permanent residents, including more rights and protections. People who wish to get on a pathway to citizenship may want to consult an attorney to discuss the best possible approach. It is important to keep in mind that even potential challenges such as tax issues or a criminal conviction do not necessarily bar an individual from eligibility. An attorney may be able to assist in dealing with these issues and in completing any necessary documentation.