Are you looking forward to living, working, or studying in the United States? First, you need to gather all the information from USCIS to get started. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is the official government organization overseeing legal immigration to the United States.
If you have been to gov websites, you know how hard it gets to filter the information you need (sometimes it’s out-of-date). Well, worry no more; USCIS Emma has your back. USCIS Emma is a virtual assistant who offers immigration assistance you may need.
At the end of this article, we will have introduced Emma to you and explained how she would be of help. Ready? Let’s get started.
What Is Emma for USCIS?
Getting government information has been a nightmare for most citizens. On their part, government agencies experience rough moments replying to tonnes of emails that hit their inboxes every day.
While looking for ways to quickly assist applicants with accurate information and respond to the many requests to have a self-help tool, USCIS introduced ‘Emma’ to the world.
Emma is not a real person. It is a computer-generated chat function that uses artificial intelligence to answer your immigration questions and help you check your immigration status. Emma works more efficiently than a virtual human assistant and helps visitors navigate the USCIS website and find accurate information quickly.
The best part is that you can communicate with her in your own words. You do not need to learn computer knowledge to share with her.
Emma was named in honor of Emma Lazarus, a dedicated and passionate citizen who had a big heart for helping immigrants. A poem she wrote (“The New Colossus”) is inscribed at the base of the statue of liberty and portrays her sincerity in helping immigrants. Our Emma draws inspiration from her and has the same zeal and commitment.
Who Uses USCIS Emma?
Many people who visit the USCIS website are undocumented individuals or immigrants seeking legal status in the united states. These people carry personal and sensitive information and look for secure websites to seek assistance.
Before you share sensitive information, check if you are safely connected to the official USCIS website of the Department of Homeland Security. The site must have a locked padlock on the HTTP and a U.S flag.
Note: The United States government does not hold any information shared with Emma. So immigrants do not have to worry that their quest to get information may lead them into hot soup.
People who are also in need of accurate information contact Emma. Sometimes users access archived content that is misleading and does not reflect the current policy.
Surprisingly, Emma answers more than one million questions every month. Expect this number to rise since her knowledge base grows steadily, and she is getting smarter. For instance, she can now provide more information relating to your search.
Here are some of the questions most people ask Emma;
- How do I change personal details on their USCIS account
- What is the procedure for bringing a relative into the united state
- How do I access the practice civics test
- What do I need to study in the United States
- How do I receive employment authorization
- How do I become a legal citizen of the United States
How Do I Contact USCIS Emma?
When you visit the USCIS website, you will see a beautiful smiling face on the upper right corner of your screen. That is Emma. Other pages have the “need help” icon at the bottom.
Click the “Need help? Ask Emma” icon to get started. A chat window will pop up. Proceed by typing the question you seek answers to, and Emma will respond in writing.
It gets even better since Emma can also talk to you. Just click the speaker icon and ask her all the questions you may have. She is fluent in Spanish and English and works best on mobile devices, desktops, tablets, and computers.
How Do I Ask Emma About My Case Status?
When enquiring about your case status, you will follow the outlined procedure. When the chat window appears, start by writing a short inquiry.
For example, hello Emma. I’m writing to check the status of an application I made on 12th Jan through San Diego.
Emma asks you for your name, case number, receipt number, phone number, email address, and location and provides the information you need. If the data is not available, she connects you with someone who can answer your questions.
Alternatively, you can track your case status by signing up for a USCIS online account. The account allows users to receive real-time information about their case status or other help in their secure inbox.
You can also check the status online by visiting the official website. However, you must have your case number to access information online. Online messaging may not be convenient since you may not receive the requested information. The system is not within the USCIS security; hence the agents may withhold certain information for security purposes.
You can also call the service center or write a status check letter to the USCIS office you submitted your application.
Note: Emma has no control over the delays that may arise, which may affect the processing times.
How Do I Speak to a Live Agent at USCIS?
Suppose Emma cannot find the information you need on the USCIS website or the data did not adequately answer your question. In that case, she refers you to the USCIS contact center for a live chat where you speak to a customer service representative. Emma forwards the chat log to the representative, who then looks into the issue and offers the needed help.
You can also call the USCIS contact center number if you have complex inquiries. USCIS provides a toll-free number (1-800-375-5283) for parties located within the united state. Once you make the call, you first go through an interactive voice response system. If you present a complex inquiry, you may request to be connected to a live agent, usually a contract employee.
Your first encounter with a live agent provides general information. If the first agent cannot solve the problem, your call is transferred to a USIS officer and a supervisor.
If the case requires you to be physically present, the supervisor creates a service request and routes it to the USCIS office. Alternatively, they can connect you with their field, international, or asylum offices for physical assistance.