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Who can create a USCIS ELIS Online Account?

Customers who will be filing a benefit request for themselves;

Attorneys and Accredited Representatives certified by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA);

Parents of minors under the age of 14; and

Legal guardians for incapacitated or severely disabled individuals.

NOTE: The parent or legal guardian must create a USCIS ELIS account in the name of the child or incapacitated person. The parent or legal guardian also must list himself as the preparer of the benefit request. You May be asked to submit document to show that you are the legal guardian of, and have authority to act on behalf of, the incapacitated or severely disabled individual for whom you prepare the benefit request.

Getting Started - Privacy Act Statement* Indicates Required Field
To protect your privacy and to ensure that your data is secure, there are 5 main steps required to set up your USCIS ELIS Online Account. You must have a valid Email address to complete the account setup.
Account Setup Process Flow: Provide Email, Confirm Email, Setup Password, Choose Security Preference, Personal Identity Questions OR Secure PIN, Activate Account
To create your USCIS ELIS Online Account, please read and agree to the USCIS Privacy Act Statement below.
USCIS Privacy Act Statement

AUTHORITIES: The information and associated evidence you provide is collected pursuant to the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 (P.L. 82-414), as amended; the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (P.L. 107-296); and Title 8 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

PURPOSE: The information that you submit may be used (1) to create or update your USCIS ELIS Account, (2) determine your eligibility for a requested benefit, which includes required national security and law enforcement checks, and/or (3) determine your eligibility to act as an attorney or accredited representative in USCIS ELIS.

ROUTINE USES: This information will be shared outside USCIS to assist in determining your eligibility for your requested benefit and in accordance with the approved routine uses described in the associated systems of records notices.

DISCLOSURE: The information you provide is voluntary. However, failure to provide accurate information may delay a final decision after submission of a benefit request or result in denial of any pending benefit requests. Please note that the system will record user information such as Internet Protocol Address and Web Browser type and version upon submission.