San Antonio, TX – Most immigrants in Texas dream of the day when they will have their papers in order and won’t have to worry anymore about being deported back to their home country. The biggest hurdle standing between you and your American dream is paperwork – lots and lots of paperwork. If you check out the US Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) webpage you’ll find a lot of explanations, and many forms to download and fill in. What they don’t mention on their webpage is that any mistake can get your application denied or, at the very least, you’ll have to start the process all over again. One stupid mistake can cost you another year or two of uncertainty or, if you’re downright unlucky, you may find yourself placed in deportation proceedings. To avoid such a situation, it’s best to talk to a knowledgeable immigration lawyer in San Antonio before starting the legal process to obtain legal permanent resident status.
Here are a few common immigration mistakes you should try to avoid:
Getting your status wrong – If you have already filed for a Green Card, you may think you are safe, but you’re not out of the woods yet. The terms the USCIS, the ICE, or the DHS use can be pretty confusing. If you don’t understand what your immigration status is, it’s easy to make a mistake. The problem is immigration authorities won’t see it as an honest mistake and you may find yourself in removal proceedings.
Forgetting forms – There are a lot of forms to fill in and submit, either by you or your sponsor and it’s easy to get confused. Ask an experienced immigration lawyer to have a look at your file to make sure you haven’t forgotten any forms.
Spelling errors – You aren’t allowed any typos on your forms. You need to spell names, titles, and addresses correctly.
Missing information – The forms you need to fill in have many questions. Unfortunately, you are not allowed to leave a blank if you’re not sure about the answer. Best case scenario – they’ll send a Request for Evidence. Worst case scenario – they deny your application. When in doubt about a certain section on a form, talk to your immigration lawyer.
Missing signatures – With all the excitement it’s easy to forget to sing all those papers and sign them in all the right places. Have your lawyer check your papers before mailing them.
Mailing your application to the wrong address – Most applications must be sent to the local USCIS office in San Antonio. However, you need to make sure you got the right address. If you don’t, you may end up waiting for months for an answer to an application that never made it to the right USCIS office.
Forgetting about certified translations -You’ll have to submit certain documents issued in your country of origin. However, every paper in a foreign language must be accompanied by an English translation. Be careful, the translation must be done by a certified translator.
Paying the wrong fees – You are expected to pay a lot of fees and it’s not a lump sum. In most cases, you have to pay different fees to different government agencies.
Forgetting to notify authorities about an address change – As a non-citizen, you must notify the USCIS of any address change. Forgetting to do that can land in a lot of trouble. Also, if you have applied for a Green Card or naturalization you must make sure the authorities have the right address and know where to reach you.
If you want to apply for a Green Card or naturalization, get in touch with an experienced immigration lawyer at the Law Office of J. Joseph Cohen in San Antonio and let them help you with the paperwork.
Law Office of J. Joseph Cohen
206 East Locust Street
San Antonio, TX 78212
Phone: (210) 769-3273
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