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Modifications to Participation Requirement in DORA Pilot Program
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The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that Immigrant applicants in the Dallas, El Paso and Oklahoma City areas, will no longer be required to participate in a pilot program that uses alternate filing procedures to process permanent residence or adjustment of status applications.

The District Office Rapid Adjudication (DORA) project is a pilot program launched by USCIS last September that required certain aliens in the Dallas , El Paso and Oklahoma City areas to file their Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status form (I-485) in person. The program was designed to test whether alternate filing procedures would reduce I-485 processing times.

The program required applicants to schedule an appointment at a local USCIS office using the agency's Web-based InfoPass . USCIS is now making participation in the pilot program optional due to a continuing increase in demand for available InfoPass appointments.

InfoPass users are currently waiting for an average of three weeks before an appointment is available. Optional filing provides eligible applicants the flexibility to file their application package immediately by mail under the current fee schedule, rather than wait for an InfoPass appointment and potentially be subject to the higher application fees that become effective on July 30, 2007.

Under the DORA program , applicants now have an alternative to voluntarily file their form I-485 package or use normal filing procedures by mailing their application package to a Chicago Lockbox Facility using direct mail instructions for the Form I-485.

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