Applying for a green card is the first step to becoming a permanent resident of the United States, and eventually, a U.S. citizen. However, the application process can be daunting and even minor mistakes could delay the approval of an application. Those in Georgia seeking a green card or U.S. citizenship will want to ensure they do not make the following mistakes when completing the documents necessary to achieve their goals.

First, any immigration documents should bear the signature of all applicable individuals. In addition, because the laws and regulations regarding immigration will change from time to time, it is important that applicants file the most recent version of the forms they are submitting to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Applicants should not leave any part of the documents they are submitting blank, and they should make sure that all vital information is contained on each necessary form, even if doing so is repetitious. If an applicant is required to pay a fee, they should make sure they are submitting the correct amount. The USCIS has an online calculator that will allow applicants to determine what fees must be paid for what documents.

Applicants should make sure to include all necessary documents in the same packet as the main petition. In addition, applicants should submit photocopies of all necessary documents, unless it is explicitly stated that originals must be sent. Finally, applicants should make sure they are submitting their documents to the correct location.

All of this can be overwhelming to individuals who are seeking a green card or U.S. citizenship. These may be situations in which it is beneficial to seek professional guidance rather than going at it alone. Fortunately, immigration attorneys are experienced in ensuring that documents submitted to USCIS are executed and submitted properly.