You know when Madonna sings about being a Material Girl in a Material World? I sing along but change the words to, “I am a Paperless Girl in a Paperless World”. So reading that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is testing “a new system that will transform our paper-based agency into an electronic, online organization” is almost as exciting to me as scoring a ticket to an Adele concert. If she ever reschedules her U.S. tour.

USCIS is seriously paper-bound, as I discovered one recent Friday afternoon when I unsuccessfully tried to put page numbers on an already assembled immigration filing, complete with tabs and original signed colored paper forms, using an old Bates-stamp machine (which everyone in the office except me and my supervising attorney knew was broken. Thanks, guys, I spent the entire weekend thinking *I* broke it.). 

Here’s a video about the new system (called ELIS, very nice hipster name):

Here’s to living in a paperless world.

Source:  The Beacon, The Official Blog of USCIS

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