How to Submit Your Immigration Application to USCIS

By Julia at Legal Language
Updated on 05/22/2015
In Adjusting Status, Immigration



statue of libery immigration newsAssembling and submitting an immigration application to US Citizenship & Immigration Services is a detailed process.

Here are some tips to help you save time and make sure your immigration application is complete and properly submitted.

Preparing Your Immigration Application Packet

Use simple ACCO fasteners or clips to hold papers together. Two-hole punching at the top is preferred. Do not use binders or folders that cannot be easily disassembled, and avoid using heavy-duty staples.

If you are using tabs to organize your immigration application submissions, be sure they are bottom tabs rather than side tabs.

USCIS no longer routinely requires the submission of original documents or certified copies. Instead, ordinary photocopies are sufficient in most cases. At the discretion of the officer, original documents may still be required. Do not submit originals unless they are specifically required.

Also note that USCIS does not return original documents, except for Certificates of Naturalization, Form I-551, permanent resident cards, Form I-94, arrival-departure documents, valid passports, or those specifically requested.

Only submit duplicates if USCIS specifically requests them. It is best to avoid submitting oversized documentation when possible.

Remember to keep copies of all immigration application submissions!

Marking the Package and Documents

Clearly mark both the envelope and cover letter with the type of submission. For example, if it is a Request for Additional Evidence, be sure to mark the envelope and cover letter with that identifier.

Double-check that you are using the correct mailing address and the correct form number. Be sure to mark both the envelope and cover letter with the appropriate form type, such as I-129.

If available, also provide the receipt notice number and the A-Number of the applicant. If the applicant uses other names, provide any and all names used, including aliases, maiden names and names used when the applicant was originally admitted to the US.

If the package contains information in response to another motion, be sure to include the notice requesting the information on the top of the pack.

Representation by an Attorney

Your attorney or accredited representative must submit Form G-28, Notice of Entry of Appearance as Attorney or Representative, along with the application or at the time of your interview. The form must be signed by the representative and the petitioner.

Certified Translations for Your Immigration Application

If you are submitting foreign language documents that have been translated, you must submit a certified translation. The certification should include the certifier’s name, signature, address and date of certification.

Please contact Legal Language Services for certified translations of your documents for your immigration application.


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