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Family-based immigration mistakes to avoid

On Behalf of | Jun 18, 2023 | Family Immigration

Being separated from a family member can be stressful. Fortunately, if you are an immediate relative of a U.S. citizen, you can become a lawful permanent resident based on your relationship. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will allow you to apply for a green card. 

However, you should be careful about the steps you take. Here are three mistakes to avoid.

Not meeting all requirements

You need to meet all requirements set by the USCIS to become a permanent citizen based on a family relationship. In addition to being an immediate relative of a U.S citizen (a spouse, unmarried child under 21 years and a parent of a U.S. citizen who is above 21 years), you should be eligible to receive an immigrant visa, properly file Form I-485 and be physically present in the U.S. when filing the form and so on. Failure to meet even one requirement can lead to a denial of application. 

Not submitting all relevant documents

In addition to Form I-485, you will submit other documents to the USCIS. These include specified forms, passport photos, a copy of your government-issued identity document with photograph and a copy of your birth certificate, among others. All documents are listed on the USCIS website, but it may also help to contact the department for more information.

Rushing the process 

Speeding any immigration process can lead to costly mistakes. Thus, it will be best to be patient. Take time to obtain the needed information and complete the procedures. If you hurry and forget to submit a document or make an error, your submission may take longer.

If you want to live permanently with your family member in the U.S., you should avoid these mistakes. It will help to get legal guidance to know the appropriate steps to take.