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The E-Filing Standards for Immigration Group (ESIG) will be holding a meeting Wednesday, June 9 at 7:00 during this year's Annual AILA Conference in Philadelphia. Members and practitioners who are interested in becoming members should attend. ESIG, a voluntary consortium of established U.S. immigration law firms and their electronic immigration software and online applications service providers, was established for the purpose of sharing knowledge and providing a consensus position on the USCIS, DOL and DOS e-filing initiatives. In striving towards this purpose, ESIG works to provide useful stakeholder input into e-filing decision-making and promote technology growth within the USCIS and DOL as a means of better serving immigration petitioners and applicants. Government agencies are finally following the trend of the rest of the world in developing technology to increase efficiency and service. Immigration law practitioners have always worked to bridge the gap between their clients and these government agencies, and now that the agencies are actively developing their own technology, it is our responsibility to become purposefully involved in these developments and retain interest in the processing of government benefits on behalf of our clients. Given the developing merger of technology and the law, clients' increasing demands for better service through technology and the technology advancements launched by the USCIS, it is apparent that there is no turning back -- the future of immigration law includes technology. If you are interested in becoming more involved in shaping the direction of immigration technology, I encourage you to join us in Philadelphia. Robert Meltzer President VisaPrep



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