The process of obtaining a green card can be a long and stressful journey. To add even more strain to the process, even one small mistake during the application process can lead to a denial, sending you back to step one. Ensure your application is complete and accurate to avoid this mishap.
No Affidavit Of Support
Make certain you don't forget to submit an affidavit of support along with your application. In order to obtain residency under a green card, the government needs to ensure there is an American citizen who will sponsor you and provide you with the necessary support you need while you are in the country.
An affidavit of support is a written statement by someone who will stand in and assume this role. This individual will also assume responsibility for reimbursement should you receive any form of government assistance. If you do not include this document with your application, you will likely be denied.
Incorrect Submission Destination
As if the detail of the application weren't enough, you also need to concern yourself with the submission destination of your forms. Different parts of your application are processed by different departments. For instance, where you are applying from determines where to send your application and whether or not you are requesting benefits along with your application will also have an impact on where the application should be mailed.
Unfortunately, if you send a form to the wrong department in error, they won't forward it for you. This mistake could cause you to miss important deadlines and ultimately have your application denied. Always verify where each document needs to go.
Failure To Disclose
An application for a green card can be very invasive; however, you have to be willing to disclose everything. If you don't, you're only hurting yourself. This is true particularly when it comes to your criminal record. When you're asked about your criminal past, assuming that the trouble you got into because of unpaid speeding fines is not significant enough to include will be reviewed as you giving false information.
Let the reviewer determine what information they do or do not need. Keep in mind that full disclosure is also important when it comes to the interview process and any omission of information will likely lead to a denial.
Don't make a costly mistake on your green card application. An immigration attorney can help you avoid a mishap.