The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has recently published a Business Transformation Regulation, Immigration Benefits Business Transformation, Increment I. The new regulation revises more than 50 parts of DHS regulations. Apart from eliminating references to outdated USCIS forms and descriptions of paper-based procedures, the changes made by this rule include removing obsolete and expired regulatory provisions; correcting and updating provisions affected by statutory changes; and revising or reorganizing sections or paragraphs for clarity and consistency, and to remove duplicative information.
The new regulation is said to be the first in a series of regulations intended to promote the migration of USCIS filings from a paper-based environment to an electronic one. USCIS has informed that over the next several years, it will roll out a secure, customer-friendly online account system that will enable and encourage customers to submit benefit requests and supporting documents electronically. While the new regulation will become effective on Nov. 28, 2011, comments and suggestions, if any, could be sent to USCIS till October 28, 2011.