If a U.S. immigration form is in English it should be easy, right? After printing out immigration forms, many clients still have issues.
To include or not include.
It is not uncommon to skim through a form and fill in the blanks quickly. For example, in one case the client’s father checked a box that he did not plan to have any of his children included in the application.
When it came time for the consular interview he told the interviewer he did want to include his daughter. The interviewer asked, where was she…why wasn’t she in the interview?
Is a form appropriate under the circumstances?
For example, in one case a well-meaning mother filled out a number of B visa forms for her daughter so that she could visit her boyfriend. When the visitor B visa expired, while in the US, the couple was told by the USCIS agent to simply cross the border and have her passport stamped .
She had spent most of the entire year in the US on a visitor visa, which is restricted to under six months.
It wasn’t until she attempted to entered the US again that the complete time period she spent here was evident. She tried to re-enter, was detained at the airport and returned to her country of origin. She was very upset. That is all part of her immigration record now.
Where do I file my forms.
Immigration application processing is redistributed frequently based on the number of people sending in forms. Various service centers throughout the U.S. accept forms. These locations change. The new mailing addresses are updated on the USCIS website. When a form is “expedited” it’s mailed to a different address for premium processing, not the regular address.
Here are three more tips:
TIP 1: Fees are usually required with a form. When the filing fees change, if the new fee is not mailed with the form, everything will be returned to the applicant.
TIP 2: Immigration law changes every day. When submitting a form with a letter or a legal brief, understanding the twists and turns in the law and hitting all the required, legal elements is important.
TIP 3: A petition needs a “wow” factor. There is a short time to make a big impact. A government reviewer will set aside a confusing, large petition for a smaller well-crafted one. If there isn’t a persuasive reason why the evidence is included and how it proves the case, it should be left out.
It is best to work with an experienced attorney.
Attorney Dena Wurman has helped clients navigate the complicated federal U.S. immigration system. Through her efforts, new immigrants are awarded visas, green cards and U.S. citizenship. For a consultation call (505) 506-9434, email email@example.com or fill out the contact form on this website.