Common Mistakes that Result in Green Card Denial
Obtaining a green card, or permanent residency, in the United States is a complex process, and mistakes can result in denial of the application. Here are some common mistakes that can lead to green card denial:
1. Errors in Completing the Required Forms: Mistakes in filling out Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, and/or other required forms can lead to a denial. Mistakes include incorrect or incomplete information, missing signatures, or submitting outdated forms. It’s important to carefully review and double-check all forms before submission, to ensure accuracy.
2. Inadequate Supporting Documentation: Failure to provide complete and accurate supporting documentation to establish eligibility for a green card can result in denial. This can include missing identification documents and/or proper English translations of the same, incomplete financial documents, or evidence of relationship in case of family based filings that are required to prove eligibility.
3. Ineligibility or Inadmissibility: Failure to meet the eligibility criteria or being deemed inadmissible can result in a green card denial. This can include criminal convictions, immigration violations, health issues or public charge concerns. It’s crucial to understand the eligibility requirements and address any potential ineligibility or inadmissibility issues before submitting the application.
4. Failure to Respond to Requests for Evidence (RFEs): If the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) requests additional evidence to support the green card application, failure to respond within the specified timeframe or submitting insufficient evidence can result in denial. It’s important to promptly and thoroughly respond to any RFEs to avoid a denial.
5. Lack of Consistency or Truthfulness: Providing inconsistent or misleading information in the green card application or during interviews with USCIS can lead to denial. It’s crucial to be consistent in all information provided, including details about employment, education, family relationships and immigration history.
6. Missed Deadlines or Appointments: Missing deadlines or appointments, such as biometrics appointments or interviews, can result in a denial. It’s important to carefully track and comply with all deadlines and attend all scheduled appointments to avoid delays or denials.
7. Lack of Legal Representation: Navigating the green card process can be complex and lack of legal representation can result in mistakes or omissions that lead to denial. Having an experienced immigration attorney can greatly improve the chances of a successful green card application by ensuring that all requirements are met, forms are properly filed and supporting documentation is complete.
In conclusion, obtaining a green card in the United States requires careful attention to detail, accuracy and compliance with all requirements. Avoiding common mistakes such as errors in form filing, inadequate documentation, ineligibility or inadmissibility issues, failure to respond to RFEs, lack of consistency or truthfulness, missed deadlines or appointments and lack of legal representation can greatly improve the chances of a successful outcome and prevent green card denial.
If you have any questions about the green card application process, or any other immigration matter, contact our attorneys at the Law Offices of Azita M. Mojarad, P.C. Our experienced immigration attorneys can address your concerns and advise you of the proper course of action.