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10 Tips To File With The USCIS Correctly

Are you trying to file your immigration application or petition with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), but worried about doing so incorrectly? This process is not as straightforward as it seems and often leaves room for mishaps to occur. That's why Gloria Cardenas and her legal team at Familia America have compiled a list of 10 helpful tips to make sure you're doing everything correctly.

1) Use the correct form for the application or petition.

Changes happen frequently! Visit uscis.gov to download and use the latest form available. Be sure to check the version located at the bottom of the form diligently, as using the incorrect form will result in the rejection of your application, causing unnecessary frustration and wasted time.

2) Complete the form all the way through.

Many spaces must be completed. Leaving them blank could lead to rejection by the immigration office. Alternatively, they may accept the form initially and later request additional evidence, causing delays in the process.

3) Send the application or petition to the correct place.

When filing, it's important to note that the location of submission can be related to or independent of your residency. It may seem odd, but simply send it where they specify without overthinking it.

4) File it with the correct filing fees.

Each form contains specific instructions that must be followed. Be sure to include the correct filing fee to avoid rejection of your application. If the instructions are not adhered to, the filing fees will be returned, necessitating a restart of the process. Verify whether a biometrics fee (fingerprints) is necessary, as many forms mandate it. Use separate money orders, checks, or cashier's checks for each fee instead of combining them.

5) Attach all of the required documents and English translations with the filing.

Always send copies, not originals. Keep in mind that the government requires verbatim translations, not summaries. Even if the document is lengthy, the immigration office insists on an exact translation. Opt for a professional service; it's cost-effective and ensures accuracy.

6) Create a simple index of the documents that you are attaching.

Create a straightforward index for the attached documents, either handwritten or typed, to help the reviewing officer locate them effortlessly. Ensure to simplify the task for the officer during the application review process.

7) Separate the documents with a bright piece of paper.

Separate the documents with a bright piece of paper so the officer can easily locate them. While not mandatory, I always find it helpful. Orange and bright blue are 2 of my favorite options.

8) Use a plastic pocket sheet to put your filing fees and medical examination in.

Put your filing fees and medical examination in a plastic pocket sheet, then place it on top of your application. 

9) Type your application if you can.

If possible, type your application to make it easier for the officer to read. However, handwritten applications are also accepted.

10) Send your application with tracking.

Send your application with tracking, such as using Federal Express or US Postal-certified mail. This allows you to confirm that the application was received. Without tracking, you might find yourself waiting anxiously, unsure if it reached its destination. Receipt notices can take weeks to arrive, adding unnecessary stress. Investing a little extra for tracking is worthwhile to avoid uncertainty and reduce your stress levels.

Familia America Can Help You on Your Journey

Navigating the intricacies of immigration processes can be daunting, but you don't have to face it alone. At Familia America, Gloria Cardenas and her experienced legal team are dedicated to providing you with the personalized guidance and support you need to successfully file with the USCIS. Whether you're applying for the first time or need assistance with a complicated immigration matter, we're here to help every step of the way. Don't leave your immigration status to chance; contact Familia America today and take the first step toward securing your future in the United States.

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