Please Note: The Law Office of Jae Lee is open and functioning , as we are prepared to work virtually. We are here to serve you, and are offering Virtual Meetings, Virtual Consults, Phone Consults.

My office can process your case without having to meet in person. I will do my best to make the process as simple as possible. I will be in constant communication via text, phone, or email to answer any questions you may have as you go through each step of the process.


Communicate with your attorney every step of the way.


Complete an online quesionaire


Upload requested documentation into my Client Portal.


Forms will be mailed to you for signature with a prepaid return envelope.


Attorney will review your case and mail to USCIS if everything is complete.

First-Generation Immigrant

Helping Individuals Through Professional Legal Counsel.

As an immigrant myself, I know firsthand the joy of coming to live in America. Let me help you pursue your dreams.

  1. Home
  2.  » 
  3. green cards
  4.  » Why do green card applications commonly get rejected?

Why do green card applications commonly get rejected?

On Behalf of | Aug 28, 2021 | green cards

As of 2018, 1,096,611 people have received permanent lawful status in America. Many more, including yourself, aspire to join those numbers in lawful residency so you can gain the many benefits that come along with it.

Because of this, an application denial can hit like a sack of bricks. Fortunately, there are ways for you to continue onward in your application process even with a denial due to an error, but the first thing you want to know is how to avoid these errors when moving forward.

Common reasons for rejection

The Department of Homeland Security outlines steps you must take to achieve your green card. This can include a green card through marriage, relatives, work and so on. However, most errors will look the same no matter what type of green card you applied for. The top common ones include:

  • Lacking financial resources
  • Failing to establish your marriage
  • Errors on your application package
  • General ineligibility

Lacking financial resources is relatively straightforward. Your spouse or supporting family member will need the financial resources to support you, which they can prove through the provision of pay stubs or federal income tax returns. If they do not have the financial backing to support you, your application will end up denied.

Failing to establish your marriage simply means you cannot show your marriage as a legally recognized, authentic legal relationship. This can include if your country does not recognize your union or if you did not finalize a divorce beforehand.

The biggest potential reason

Errors serve as the most common reason for denial and can include even minuscule mistakes like not filling out all forms or submitting photos that do not meet requirements. Go through everything with a fine-toothed comb to avoid errors.

Finally, general ineligibility can stop you. You are not eligible just because you have a relative or spouse as a U.S. citizen, so you always want to triple-check requirements and eligibility.