In the old days, after the spouse of a U.S. citizen went to their visa interview at the local consulate, received their visa and moved to the U.S., their green card would follow them a few weeks later.
For the past year, however, USCIS has required the payment of one last additional fee – $165 – before the green card will issue. The system – known as the Electronic Immigration System (ELIS) was supposed to streamline the process. But instead, many complain that it represents one more hurdle for foreign spouses to overcome.
This video explains the ELIS system and what a visa applicant must do in order to be sure to receive his or her green card.