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DHS/USCIS RIN: 1615-AC20 Publication ID: Fall 2019 
Title: Electronic Processing of Immigration Benefit Requests 

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will propose to: (1) Set requirements for mandatory-online submission for immigration benefit requests and explain the requirements associated with electronic processing; and (2) make changes to existing regulations to allow end-to-end digital processing.

Agency: Department of Homeland Security(DHS)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: Undetermined  Unfunded Mandates: Undetermined 
EO 13771 Designation: Other 
CFR Citation: 8 CFR 1.2    8 CFR 103    8 CFR 107    8 CFR 204    8 CFR 299   
Legal Authority: 6 U.S.C. 112    8 U.S.C. 1103    44 U.S.C. 3504   
Legal Deadline:  None

Statement of Need:

To address the inefficiency of relying on paper, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is transitioning to a digital environment for processing immigration benefit requests. Agency experience demonstrates that the electronic processing of benefit requests is more efficient and effective than the traditional paper processes, during the immediate request, throughout the immigration life cycle, and beyond. Electronic processing will largely eliminate the enormous cost of paper intake, shipping and storage, strengthen information security, and reduce redundancy and the potential for error in adjudication processes. For requestors, electronic processing will improve the experience of applying for immigration benefits at each stage of the process.

Summary of the Legal Basis:

Authority for this proposed regulatory amendment can be found in the Homeland Security Act of 2002, Public Law 107-296, section 102, 116 Stat. 2135, 6 U.S.C. 112, and the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) section 103, 8 U.S.C. 1103, which give the Secretary the authority to administer and enforce the immigration and nationality laws, as well as the Government Paperwork Elimination Act (GPEA), Public Law 105-277, tit. XVII, section 1703, 112 Stat. 2681, 2681-749, 44 U.S.C. 3504, which provides that, when practicable, federal agencies use electronic forms, electronic filing, and electronic submissions to conduct agency business with the public.


Anticipated Costs and Benefits:

DHS is currently considering the specific cost and benefit impacts of the proposed provisions. In general, DHS anticipates that by mandating online submission for all immigration benefit requests and making changes to existing regulations to allow end-to-end digital processing, the public will incur costs associated with transitioning current practices to an electronic process. DHS anticipates there will be benefits and cost savings associated with mandating online submission for all immigration benefit requests and end-to-end digital processing.


Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  12/00/2019 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Governmental Jurisdictions, Organizations  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: Yes 
Agency Contact:
Michael Mayhew
Chief of Staff, Immigration Records and Identity Services Directorate
Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
5900 Capital Gateway Drive, Suite 4S190,
Camp Springs, MD 20588-0009
Phone:202 721-3000