Just a couple of weeks after the October government shutdown came to an end, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) unveiled the new version of its home on the Web. At KS Visa Law, we’ve noticed that the new website sports a clean, modern look that should prove more appealing and user-friendly than its previous version.
According to press releases issued at the time the new site was launched, the USCIS reviewed traffic reports and evaluated feedback from visitors for the purpose of creating an Internet platform that is in line with the current administration’s efforts to make better use of online technologies for the benefit of immigrants.
Greater Visual Appeal
The first change visitors will notice is the rotating banner that displays new and important information with eye-catching photography. The navigation system has been improved with new menus and icons that take visitors to relevant areas of the site. A prominent navigation bar above the banner guides users to the following sections:
- Green Cards
Three major functions of the site are now identified by large, clear icons: Case Status, USCIS Office Locator and Appointments.
An improved USCIS search engine gives visitors more accurate results. The new address change form makes it possible for immigration applicants to easily update their information. The default language for the site is English, but visitors can change to Spanish via a link near the top of the page.
The new green card section is arranged into six areas: Family-based immigration, employment-based immigration, removal of conditions, traveling outside of the U.S., forms, and renewals.
Visitors will notice improved speed and responsiveness of the website thanks to its migration to cloud servers managed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Through a new content management system, USCIS officials and website administrators will be able to make and publish changes instantly and efficiently. DHS will continue to consolidate the online assets of its agencies into a cloud system.
Finally, users will notice the presence of social media buttons on every USCIS page. This is part of the agency’s ongoing effort to provide information across different online platforms. To this end, USCIS can be found on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
Have Other Questions about Immigration?
While the new and updated USCIS website offers visitors a variety of user friendly functionalities and a vast amount of resource about immigration from business employment immigration to where to find a local office, it is sometimes best to speak to a professional immigration lawyer directly for specific questions and concerns. For those who need further assistance, contact 858-874-0711 for a complimentary consultation with one of our expert immigration attorneys.