The Green Card application process can be tedious, complex and time-consuming. Mistakes at any point in your application can set you back several months or years. Therefore, it is crucial to get everything right in the first instance.
Below are some avoidable mistakes many make when seeking permanent residence in the United States.
Mistakes in the paperwork
Applying for a Green Card involves a lot of paperwork. Several forms and supporting documentation are needed when making your application. Missing any of them can derail your efforts to attain a Green Card.
Other mistakes like forgetting to sign off where necessary and giving incorrect information can also affect your bid.
Missing document translations
Documents such as birth and marriage certificates, bank statements, criminal records or any other relevant information that supports the information you provided need to be translated to English if you are from a non-English speaking country. The translation must be certified to be accepted by immigration officials.
Making incorrect payments
It is crucial to make the correct payments according to the instructions on the application forms to avoid unnecessary delays. If you make a payment below the required amount, your application will likely be sent back to you.
Not getting the necessary help
Other reasons not listed here could thwart your Green Card application, and you could be among the thousands of applicants rejected every year. This is why you need to avoid anything that will hurt your chances of success.
Given that you will be filling out some of these forms for the first time, it is advisable to seek qualified assistance. You will know what to expect at every stage and prepare yourself accordingly, but most importantly, you will be able to steer clear of the common pitfalls.