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Paperwork errors can jeopardize your immigration claim

On Behalf of | Mar 1, 2024 | Immigration Law

There are several steps to go through when attempting to reside lawfully in the U.S. The reasons for immigration can vary, and it’s important that applicants take the appropriate steps in their circumstances. 

One of the most common reasons for rejected applications is errors in the paperwork. A simple mistake on a form can set your claim back several months and even jeopardize it all together. 

Here are some paperwork mistakes that you’ll want to be aware of:

Improper translations 

Most paperwork and supporting evidence submitted to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services must be submitted with an English translation. This means that birth certificates, marriage certificates and any other documentation relevant to the application should be translated appropriately. 

An applicant may feel like they can translate the documents on their own, or with the assistance of a family member. However, it only takes one language mistake to put an application in jeopardy. 

Missing deadlines 

There may be several deadlines throughout an immigration application, and it is vital that these are met. There are also deadlines for individuals who are renewing green cards, permits or visas. For instance, the process of renewing a green card should be initiated six months prior to its expiration. 

Improper payments 

Most immigration forms require the payment of a filing fee. This should be paid to the Department of Homeland Security.  It’s crucial that the fee paid is the exact requested amount. Underpayment or failure to pay means that the application will not be considered. 

The best way to ensure that your immigration application goes smoothly is to have experienced legal guidance behind you.