In this blog entry, I want to discuss the top 3 mistakes to avoid during the immigration process. If an applicant commits these errors, they may find that their case is delayed or outright denied.
The top 3 mistakes are as follows:
- Filing the wrong forms
- Filing incomplete or error-ridden forms
- Not preparing for the interview
Mistake #1: Filing the Wrong Forms
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has created nearly 100 unique forms that applicants can file to request specific immigration benefits! However, filing the wrong forms can result in a denial of the requested benefits and the applicant being placed in removal proceedings.
An applicant can work with a qualified immigration attorney to figure out which forms apply to their particular situation. Unfortunately, the immigration agency does not offer this service to applicants.
Mistake #2: Filing Incomplete or Error-Ridden Forms
This is a mistake that usually leads to unnecessary and avoidable delays. An applicant must double-check each and every form to make sure the provided information is both accurate and effective. This can be a challenging practice for many applicants who aren’t grammatically inclined. If necessary, you can ask a friend or legal representative to review your forms and verify that they’re ready to be submitted. Fortunately, an applicant will have an opportunity to amend his or her application during the interview, if one is scheduled.
It’s important to note that every form necessitates specific attachments that function as supporting evidence in your case. For example, an applicant needs to include a copy of their lawful permanent resident card (both sides) when they file Form N-400, the Application for Naturalization. Failure to do so will result in a rejection of the case or a Request for Evidence.
Finally, applicants should always keep a complete copy of their case documents. Why? Because you may want or need to reference the evidence and forms you previously provided to the USCIS. For example, you should ask an experienced legal representative to review your case prior to your interview. If you have these forms available, your lawyer can meticulously examine the details of your case and help you prepare for your interview with the USCIS representatives.
Mistake #3: Not Preparing for the Interview
It’s normal for applicants to feel nervous during the interview process. The only way to secure a positive case result is to overprepare and be ready for any question. I always recommend that my clients spend a few hours prior to the interview reviewing all the forms and evidence they’ve submitted to the USCIS. In particular, applicants should pay close attention to biographical information (date of birth, date of marriage, etc.) and employment and address history. These are essential questions that will most likely come up during the interview process.
The information presented on this page is a general overview of U.S. immigration laws. If you believe you qualify for immigration benefits, we encourage you to contact our office at (312) 698-9066 to schedule a free, in-person consultation with one of our Chicago immigration attorneys.
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