If you are applying for a green card, you are probably looking forward to the benefits of being a permanent resident. As a permanent resident, you can live and work anywhere in the U.S.
If you are currently living in the United States, you will need to apply for an adjustment of status with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). This application process is complex, and you will want to avoid these common mistakes that could lead to delays or denial.
Failing to provide required supporting documents
There are many different documents that you will need to include with your green card application. The exact requirements will depend on your unique situation. For example, if a spouse is sponsoring you, you and your spouse may need to provide a marriage certificate, joint leases and joint bank account statements. Other commonly required supporting documents include:
- Birth certificates
- Divorce decrees
- Financial statements
- Tax records
- Death certificates
- Adoption records
Missing important deadlines
Missing a deadline could lead to a delay in your application or even a denial. In addition to monitoring the expiration date of your current visa, make sure you meet all filing and renewal deadlines.
Not preparing for the interview with USCIS
After submitting your application, you will likely need to interview with USCIS. Make sure to prepare for this interview by bringing all required documentation. You should also expect to answer questions about the information on your application.
Permanent residency can open many doors for you. Make sure you do your due diligence to prevent a denial of your application.