Challenges in Digitizing Immigration Files

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on May 1, 2006

Information Technology: Near-Term Effort to Automate Paper-Based Immigration Files Needs Planning Improvements, Full text GAO-06-375, Highlights, March 31, 2006.

  • “The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) relies on about 55 million paper-based files to adjudicate applications for immigration status and other benefits. Ensuring the currency and availability of these manual files, referred to as alien files, or A-Files, is a major challenge.”
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