DHS Highly Recommend Avoiding Electronic Naturalization Processing

On Behalf of | Jan 25, 2017 | Blog |

The Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security on Monday issued an “urgent recommendation” that plans to resume electronic naturalization processing by USCIS should not be reinstated.

ELIS is an online system which was launched in 2012 where users can set up accounts to submit applications, receive electronic notice of decisions, file request to renew green cards or apply for citizenship.

USCIS had decided in August 2016 to temporarily discontinue the use of electronic naturalization system known as ELIS, due to problems. They had announced during their recent review to resume ELIS processing of U.S. citizenship applications by the end of January 2017.

This urgent recommendation is a result of an ongoing review, revealing serious security concerns and inadequate background checks. In a report published last November, it was revealed that some 19,000 green cards that included incorrect information with wrong addresses had been issued or cards issued in duplicate.

John Roth, the Inspector General strongly advised against any premature return to electronic processing of applications for naturalization until these issues are resolved.

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