Approximately 43.3 million foreign-born people live in the United States, and there’s no denying the complications that can come with navigating the citizenship process. Even though more than 60% of immigrants in the United States today have lived here for at least 15 years, there are a number of forms you have to fill out along the way. Some people have to file out a Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver, and while it’s best to hire an immigration lawyer to help you file this form correctly, you may be able to start it yourself if you know how to avoid some common mistakes. Without further ado, here are just a few mistakes to avoid when filing a Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver, as cited by the USCIS:
Not answering every single question on the form.
First, it’s important to make sure you answer every single question on the form. Failing to do so could result in your form having processing delays or downright denial and rejection. This is especially true if you leave out any of the most essential info, like the receipt number for your approved immediate relative petition, information about your immigrant visa interview status, or your National Visa Center case number. Overall, do your best to be as thorough as you possibly can when filling out the form, and don’t hesitate to work with a team of immigration lawyers who can provide in depth expertise and assistance.
Not sending the proper DOS Immigrant Visa Application Fee receipt.
Most people filing this form are aware that a receipt is a necessary piece of documentation, but it’s critical to include to correct receipt. The USCIS will only accept an Immigrant Visa Application Fee receipt issued from the DOS, so avoid sending other types of receipts, like copies of money orders or processed checks. This is another mistake that could significantly delay the filing process or get you rejected.
Immigrants make up approximately 13% of the total U.S. population, and completing all forms and documents correctly is the key to efficiently navigating the legalities of citizenship. For more information about immigration law, contact Reeves Immigration Law Group.