The US Must Modernize Immigration ProcessesSince 1986, American taxpayers could e-file their taxes with the IRS. Yet, in 2021, 90% of immigration forms cannot be filed electronically. In 2017, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) spent billions to digitize filings, but failed to implement it!
Just as the IRS permits software companies to submit e-filed taxes on behalf it their clients, the USCIS must allow lawyers and others to submit e-filed immigration forms on behalf of their clients – and, of course, permit individuals to e-file their own forms. There are obvious win-win-win benefits to clients, lawyers, the USCIS, and the American taxpayer. But there are less evident benefits as well. For example, paper forms are routinely rejected because they are missing required fields. This would not be possible with an electronic form.
Paper forms are also rejected because the exact fee does not accompany the form. Again, this would be rendered impossible via proper online forms and payment.
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