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9 Common USCIS Form Mistakes


U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) applications can be complicated and meticulous. There is plenty of room for error when it comes to filling these forms out. Any mistakes made on your applications can result in the delay or denial of your visa.

The following are the most common mistakes made when filling out USCIS paperwork:

  • Forget to sign the document - A form could be returned or rejected if it doesn’t have a signature.
  • Write with colored ink - Applications must be filled in black ink. Additionally, ensure that your letters are legible within the provided spaces.
  • Correct errors - Whether it’s crossing out a mistake of using correction fluid like white-out, it is imperative to simply start over with a new form if you made a mistake. USCIS scanners cannot read any text which has been corrected.
  • Miss filling out repeated important information - On every form, the applicant must write their full name, birth date, and Alien number (A-number) if applicable. Ensure such information is filled out each time.
  • Incorrect fee payment - Many applicants pay the wrong fee, resulting in the denial of their petition. Fortunately, there is an online tool on the USCIS website which calculates the proper fees on each type of application.
  • Staple documents together - USCIS recommends paper clips as opposed to staples. If it’s too thick, two-hole punch the top of the package and bind appropriately. A rule of thumb is to generally avoid submitting large files, unless stated otherwise.
  • Submit original documents - Only submit photocopies, unless original documents are required.
  • Mix other petitions - When using one envelope of hold two different applications, clearly separate each one with either a butterfly clip or rubber band.
  • Send forms to incorrect location - Improperly filed petitions will be rejected or returned.

Since submitting forms to the USCIS can be complicated, it is wise to have an experienced immigration attorney file them for you. For more information about visa petitions, contact our San Jose immigration lawyer at Verma Law Firm today.

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