The US government has failed to digitize the immigration application forms. Around half a billion worth of project was started for digitizing 95 different forms for immigration. An effort which intends to upload document and made them easier for the user navigation which is also known as the single electronic form. The project which was run by USCIS was managed badly from the beginning, and it is now running exactly two years behind the schedule.
This initiative was meant for upgrading the immigration system of the country like applications handling of the legal permanent residents, but the basic plan were not have been developed until three years even after the project was awarded to IBM and its approach was also outdated even before the work started. It is estimated that the project is expected to reach around $3.1 billion, still won’t be completed until the year 2019.
Pressure from Obama’s administration for overhauling the policies of immigration resulted in three forms which were digitized,
out of which two were pulled offline because all the hardware and software from the original system had to be scrapped. But the third form which was used by minimum 200 immigrants which was meant for renewing or replacing the lost green card had ran into the issues like never receiving their cards, waiting for the year, resulting in the disruption in the school, work or travel plans.
The immigrants are still sending the paper forms to the different intake processing centers all over the country which are based on the place they are sending their documents from. But the process is tiresome, and mistake could result in more delays for the applicants who are already dealing with the backlogs related to the long visa processing.
Presently when the current process is not working, the election year 2016 might be marked by the fresh challenges from the new president for documenting and deporting the undocumented population and preventing illegal immigrants from getting out of status.
Congress earlier got a chance to clear some delays in the year 2013 when the Senate had approved the comprehensive bill for immigration reform.