There are several steps individuals must take to enter the U.S. legally, whether it be for a short time or long term. If your time in the U.S. involves sending paperwork to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), it is essential to submit your information properly so it can be processed as quickly as possible. Our experienced nationwide immigration attorneys at Murray Osorio PLLC have the following tips so you streamline this process.
Ensure You’re Filing Out the Correct Form
More than 100 immigration forms are available on USCIS’s website. That can make it challenging to ensure you’re completing the correct form. When working with a dedicated immigration attorney, they will guide you through filling out the proper form and completing it with the necessary information so you are not delaying the review process.
Online Submission Versus Postal Services
USCIS has tried to speed up the filing process by accepting forms online. However, this submission process isn’t always available for some applications, while other forms or information must be submitted through the postal service. USCIS recently announced a list of actions to avoid when submitting forms by paper so that an application can be processed more quickly.
The government agency asks applicants not to:
- Staple, paper clip, or attach documents together;
- Send pictures smaller than 4x6 inches (USCIS would rather receive photocopies except when a passport photo is required);
- Send original documents (e.g., marriage certificates, birth certificates, etc.), except when required by the form's instructions or when USCIS asks for an original document;
- Include anything containing electronic equipment, such as USBs, CDs, or DVDs;
- Fold documents;
- Use tab dividers or sticky notes on the documents; and,
- Submit the same document more than once (unless required).
You can read a complete list from USCIS on the agency’s website.
Streamline Your Filing Process with Murray Osorio PLLC
There are constant changes within USCIS submission processes. That’s why you need to work with an immigration team that stays on top of all these changes and will do everything possible to make the submission process as smooth as possible.
Let Murray Osorio PLLC work for you. We know what it takes to come into and stay in the U.S. legally Don’t put your immigration status at risk — reach out to us online or by phone so we can start working together. (800) 929-7142