Since the U.S government has given legal immigrants the ability to apply for immigration benefits online, more than a million people have used the online tools available at the Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website, the federal agency said.

Immigration authorities celebrated this milestone in their efforts to embrace the digital era because it streamlines their operations and the legal process, often reducing wait times for immigrants applying for benefits like achieving American citizenship through naturalization or a green card replacement for permanent residency.

“Online filing is a more convenient and interactive way for applicants to submit applications, check the status of their case, and receive notices from USCIS,” said USCIS spokeswoman Jessica Collins in a statement sent to el Nuevo Herald.

“Applicants can be more confident they are providing the necessary information and payment as they apply, and that receipt and processing of their case will not be delayed by mail or clerical errors.”

The first step is to create a personal account with USCIS by going to https://myaccount.uscis.dhs.govand using an email address.

Online filing helps immigration officials reduce the time, cost and effort they spend sharing, moving, storing and scanning printed documents related to requests for immigration benefits.

“USCIS will be able to electronically request and receive additional evidence from applicants, promoting timely adjudication from the most reliable information possible,” said Collins.

▪I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card

▪ N-336, Request for a Hearing on a Decision in Naturalization Proceedings

▪ N-400, Application for Naturalization

▪ N-565, Application for Replacement of Naturalization/Citizenship Document

▪ N-600, Application for Certificate of Citizenship

▪ N-600K, Application for Citizenship and Issuance of Certificate Under Section 322