shared Mistakes Made in Immigration Petitions and Applications

shared Mistakes Made in Immigration Petitions and Applications

A appeal to the U.S. Customs and Immigration Service (USCIS) is generally a request for some sort of visa or other legal position to be in the United States. USCIS petitions are how persons seek to adjust position, become a lawful long-lasting resident, revive or change a visa, or to bring relatives or employees into the Untied States.

Petitions are clearly extremely important. But mistakes are made in petitions all of the time. I see these shared mistakes all too often.

Lying to the USCIS. This is easily the biggest mistake. Lying on immigration forms, already small lies, can ruin an otherwise perfect appeal. It is far better to let in to something, and address it head on, than to ignore it. An example of this is a criminal record. USCIS will certainly discover any criminal convictions; not disclosing a criminal conviction is a bad strategy, but one people use all of the time. A better strategy is to present them precisely, and then present proof of rehabilitation.

Using different versions of your name and address. The USCIS looks for consistency to help sort out the voluminous paperwork they receive. You can help that greatly by consistently using exactly the same name, spelled the same way, throughout the paperwork. “John Thomas Smith” should be used every time, not “John Smith” here, and “J. T. Smith” there. Similarly, the address used should be your true, long-lasting address. Don’t say that you live somewhere you don’t.

Failing to update your address after you move. If you move from one address to another, it is mandatory that you to inform USCIS within 10 days. Failing to make complete copies of all papers submitted. Once you have finished your appeal, you are not finished! There are in fact four things that need to happen: 1) a double-check that everything has been completed and signed, 2) an additional copy of everything made for your records, 3) verification that your appeal is being sent to the correct address, and 4) shipping with proof of receipt. A complete copy of everything you sent, in the same form and order you sent it, will help you greatly if the USCIS misplaces any of your documentation, or requests an in-person interview.

Using an unlicensed “immigration consultant.” Before you hire anyone to assist you in an immigration appeal, make sure that they will sign the USCIS appeal on as your representative. If they refuse, that is a red flag that they are not permitted to practice immigration law. At a minimum, do not assume that you cannot provide immigration representation from an attorney.

Relying on internet postings and forums to prepare your appeal. While many forums can have helpful and useful advice, they are better used to clarify issues, instead of come to legal conclusions. Immigration law has many exceptions and complicate rules, and the rules change often. in any case information you gather from an internet forum needs to be corroborated with someone truly knowledgeable about immigration law.

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