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Completing your Green Card application is the first step towards realizing your American Dream. While the process may seem straightforward, there are some common mistakes that raise red flags to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). This guide was created by the dedicated Immigration Attorneys at the Hernandez Law Group, P.C. located in Dallas, Amarillo, and Abilene, Texas to help you avoid these common mistakes.

1. Applicant Failed to Provide Translations

Any supporting documents that you submit with a Green Card Application must be fully translated into English. These translations must be certified by a professional translator to ensure that everything was translated correctly. The date and personal information of the translator, such as name and contact information, must be included along with the stamp of certification. Also, do not forget that you must submit both the untranslated and translated documents along with your application. Failure to send both will result in the potential denial of your application.

2. Green Card Application Form Was Filled Out With Only the Help of a Notary

One of the most detrimental things you can do when submitting your Green Card application is to use a form preparation or notary service. While these services can be helpful, they can do more harm than good when filing a sensitive application, such as the Green Card, because they don’t always pay attention to potential issues. They fill out the forms with the information provided to them, and if anything on the application is wrong, this can lead to your green card application request being denied.

If you need help filling out your Green Card application form, it is best to go with an immigration attorney. Our team knows which questions can help reveal your eligibility for the Green Card, and can go over your application with a fine-tooth comb to ensure there are no issues.

3. There is Information Missing on the Form

There may be some information that is requested for situations that do not apply to you. If this is the case, do not leave those sections blank. You are required to fill out every box and question so that the individuals checking over your application can get a clear picture of your background. If there is a section that does apply to your particular case, then simply write the letters “N/A”, which means “not applicable.”

4. The Green Card Application or Supporting Documents Were Submitted Late

close up on USA visa on the passportIf the USCIS asks for additional information or documentation, make sure you send it by the time requested. These requests will come through either the RFE or the NOID. If you end up missing the deadlines, your request may be denied. However, keep in mind that missing the deadlines due to uncontrollable events, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, is not your fault. If this is the case, get in touch with your trusted immigration attorney for more information about how to contact the USCIS about your new deadline.

5. Your Photos Are Not Passport Style

Green Card applications require passport-style photos to go along with your application. These photos must meet the following requirements as set by the U.S. Government:

  • The photo must be in color
  • The photo has to have been taken within six months of the application being submitted
  • The photo is a clear image of your face and has no filters
  • The photo cannot be a selfie
  • No glasses or sunglasses can be worn during the photo
  • The background has to be white or off-white

The Hernandez Law Group Is With Your Every Step of the Way

When you are ready to start the Green Card application process to achieve your American dream, you will want to have the experienced legal assistance of the immigration attorneys at the Hernandez Law Group. Our team has helped countless families through the complicated legal process and is more than happy to assist you! Contact our team today for more information on our services or to schedule your consultation.