Building a ‘TurboTax’ to Streamline Immigration Paperwork

Hopeful immigrants to the U.S. stand in line before an immigration official at New York’s Ellis Island on May 27, 1920 Photograph by Bettmann/Corbis

Back in 2005, when Michael Petrucelli was getting ready to leave his job as acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), he gave a speech at the annual convention of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. “I began my remarks by saying U.S. immigration law is equal in length and lack of transparency to the U.S. tax code,” he says. “Yet no one has created TurboTax for immigration law yet.”

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