Immigration law is one of the most complex legal subjects there is. Not only do you have to understand the law in your own country, but you need to understand the law in the country to which you hope to travel. Thousands of immigration applications get rejected every day, and most of the time, these rejections are because of simple mistakes. Here are 3 common mistakes immigrants tend to make and how to avoid them.
Mistake #1: Forgetting to Submit All Information
Immigrating to the United States takes paperwork, paperwork, and more paperwork. It’s an exhausting process of finding the right forms, filling them out, sending them on time, and sending them to the correct people. When you apply, you need to submit all supporting evidence asked for by the USCIS. Likewise, you only need to send a copy of these documents, unless the USCIS asks for the original. Create a checklist specific to your situation, so you don’t miss anything.
Mistake #2: Sending Untranslated Documents
The USCIS requires all supporting evidence to be in English. If there is a part of your application that is not in English, such as a foreign birth certificate, you must include a translation. These translations also need to be certified. “Certified” means the translator promises their translation is complete and correct and that he or she can translate the language into English. This certification must be made in writing and signed. If you have a friend who can translate for you, they can provide this certification. Make sure it includes the date, signature, and address of the translator.
Mistake #3: Not Getting Help
It’s okay to ask for help if you find the immigration process overwhelming. It’s not always easy to go through the process alone. Before you submit your application by yourself, explore all your options. Nonprofit agencies, such as Catholic Charities or United We Dream, offer free help or help at a low cost. You can also speak to a skilled Nassau County immigration attorney who can help you through each step of the process, even if your application is denied.
Regardless of how complicated your situation seems, Kapoor Law Firm can help. We take pride in the results we have achieved for our past clients over the years. Let us offer you client-focused, personalized attention from the start of your case to the finish.
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