United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) forms are notoriously complicated to fill out. With different forms for a myriad of situations and strict requirements for supporting documentation, immigration forms can go wrong quickly. Working with an immigration lawyer can make a significant difference in the filing process, but there are also some general rules and tips for submitting forms to the USCIS.

Electronic Filing

It is usually advisable to file your forms online, whenever possible, to avoid lengthy processing and delivery timeframes. When e-filing is not an option, ensure you look carefully at the instructions for details on how and where to submit the form. Even if the USCIS forms you need cannot be filed through the website, they can likely be found online and printed for alternate delivery methods.

Supporting Documents

Many of the immigration petitions, applications, and forms through the USCIS also include a checklist of the necessary documentation. For example, USCIS forms almost always require photographs of some kind. Pay special attention to the documents that are required because applications without the required documents will likely be denied.

Form Instructions and Tips

Because there are so many elements that go into filing USCIS forms, you may want to assemble your documents in a specific order to ensure all items are included. It is recommended that you follow the following order:

  • Payment method (check, money order, or Form G-1450)
  • G-1145, Request for e-Notification
  • The USCIS form or application you are filing
  • Supporting documentation

If you are working with an attorney, they will also submit a Form G-28, Notice of Entry of Appearance as Attorney or Accredited Representative. Each specific form will have its own requirements and instructions, which is why having an immigration lawyer help you with the filing is a good idea.

When filling out your USCIS forms, make sure you sign each signature line. A missing signature will cause your application to be denied. A few other quick tips include:

  • Write N/A or Not Applicable instead of leaving a space blank
  • Use only black ink if completing the form by hand, and write legibly
  • Print single-sided if obtaining the form from the USCIS website
  • Include the form number and nature of your submission on the envelope
  • Do not use binders that are difficult to take apart

You can limit confusion and delays in your submission process by having The Law Office of Jason A. Dennis help you file. Put our extensive knowledge and expertise to work for you by calling (347) 868-6100 for a free consultation.