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Immigration Benefits Website Plagued By Delays And Cost Overruns

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The newest U.S. president will be elected in just over a year. For worse and better, this means that American news outlets will be staying focused primarily on political issues and social issues that have become political. High on the list in both categories: immigration.

Regardless of party affiliation, the vast majority of Americans seem to agree with the idea that our nation's immigration system is broken. Just how it should be fixed is a matter of considerable debate, but it is clear that the system is not working well for anyone at the moment.

As just one example, consider a website called the Electronic Immigration System, or ELIS. This web platform is run by the U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services. In theory, ELIS is a convenient way for individuals around the globe to create, submit and track their immigration benefit requests. This includes things like seeking extensions for non-immigrant visas. Unfortunately, how the website works in practice is very different from how it is supposed to function.

Work on the project began about a decade ago. In 2008, USCIS issued a $500 million contract and planned to have the project finished by mid 2012. The release date was later changed to mid 2014, and that deadline was missed. Cost estimates also went up numerous times. According to the Government Accountability Office, the latest projection is now a delivery date in early 2019 at a cost of up to $3.1 billion.

America's immigration gridlock causes problems for Americans and non-Americans alike. Companies are often unable to hire top talent from around the globe. International companies may also run into trouble when attempting to situate high-level employees in locations where they will have the greatest impact.

There used to be a time when immigration in America was fairly straightforward. But these days, bureaucracy and gridlock are the norm. For these reasons and more, many individuals and companies seek help from experienced immigration attorneys.

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