The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will digitize the collection of citizenship records on file with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) through a three-year, $16 million contract with Xerox, according to a Sept. 5 announcement by the company.

Xerox will scan and digitize more than 25 million images from U.S. immigration records per year over a three-year period. The digitized records will be transferred into the federal government’s Enterprise Document Management System for immigration purposes.

"Xerox has an approach to digitizing complex records that reduce costs to the government by speeding up document capture, improving document recognition and retrieval, and preserving file integrity in a streamlined manner,” said Aubrey Millner, division vice president of Xerox’s federal government solutions, in a statement. “This ultimately benefits the stakeholders including DHS and those individuals seeking citizenship status or related benefits who rely on record accuracy and speed of document acquisition."

Xerox will digitize the records in a company facility in Barbourville, Ken., designated for securely managing government documents to stay compliant with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) Facility Standards for temporary records storage facilities.