USCIS Announces Forms Improvement Initiative
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced improvements to its online forms. Among other things, the agency is publishing many forms in a two-column, Adobe fillable format. USCIS said that when completed electronically, this format restricts incorrect entries and provides informational pop-up boxes to assist users.
Other changes include:
- Including plain-language, comprehensive instructions in several naturalization forms;
- Centralizing filing locations at USCIS Lockbox facilities. Beginning in February 2013, those filing Form N-470, Application to Preserve Residence for Naturalization Purposes, should mail their applications to the Dallas Lockbox facility;
- Publishing high-volume forms with 2D barcode technology. The barcode at the bottom of the page will store the data entered on the form via a computer. USCIS will then be able to scan the information from the barcode and upload it directly to USCIS systems;
- Enhancing Web content, including posting filing addresses and detailed fee information on forms' landing pages.
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Fee information is also available in the instructions to forms and in detailed fee charts on many form landing pages.
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