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Visanow to be part of updating immigration service systems

VisaNow : 20 November, 2008  (Application Story)
US immigration services to go paperless with the help of electronic application and issuing systems to be specified by Visanow
Following the recent announcement by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that the organisation will introduce a major electronic overhaul of the nation's immigration services agency, Visanow, the industry's leading electronic-based immigration service provider, has highlighted the critical components required for a successful transition along with the potential impact on HR departments.

The new program will overhaul the government's management of approximately 7 million visas and green cards. Through this proposal, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services' (USCIS) case-management system will convert from paper-based to electronic, reducing backlogs and processing delays by up to 50 percent.

"Many of the challenges within the current US immigration system are well documented, with significant processing delays and overwhelming backlogs causing major frustrations for both employers and individual applicants," commented Robert Meltzer, CEO of Visanow. "The benefits of an electronic process are extensive. For immigration providers currently making use of technology, the new system will allow for further transformation of an antiquated application filing process."

For the revised system to reach maximum efficiency, input of all stakeholders involved in the immigration process is essential. US immigration service providers and electronic immigration software vendors must participate in the new system's development to ensure a seamless process and further promote technology within the USCIS and Department of Labor (DOL) as a means of better serving petitioners and applicants of immigration benefits.

Significant advances have been made in recent years with the adoption of forms programs, case management software and other efficiencies within the legal services industry. These developments have helped service providers improve data quality and streamline internal processes, ultimately enhancing the experience for HR departments and applicants.

"To continue this progress, external stakeholders must play a role in the development of the electronic case management system," said Meltzer. "A user-friendly interface that allows the applicant and petitioner to access case information should lead to the development of a secure, flexible system that will benefit everyone involved while increasing efficiencies for all parties."

The benefits of an electronic-based system are significant for HR departments currently challenged with managing their immigration process:.

* The transition to a paperless approach will allow technology-based immigration service providers to further improve their internal systems and deliver even higher levels of service and efficiencies to employers.

* Faster application preparation, reduced backlogs and processing times, along with increased transparency into the status of applications pending with the USCIS will deliver a more effective process for HR departments and foreign national applicants.
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