General tips for applicants of an immigrant visa petition.
Consult with attorney
If you are filing an immigrant petition, it is best to meet with an attorney to determine your eligibility and likelihood of success of filing. Once done, you can decide whether to retain counsel.
Do your research
Once you have determined that you are eligible for filing, determine the required documents and evidence for said application. You can review USCIS website or rely on your attorney to provide instructions on filing.
On all forms, answer all sections, even if some do not apply to you. If something does not apply to you, indicate "N/A."
Be sure to sign
Upon completion of your application, be sure to file all forms. Many forms require signature on different pages so confirm that you have reviewed the instructions.
Make a copy
Before submitting the application, make a hard copy or scan copy of the application for your records. This is imperative as when it comes time for an interview, you must know the information that was submitted.
Confirm mailing address
Before mailing, confirm the address from the USCIS form instructions.
Send priority mail with tracking
When you are ready to submit, send the sealed and signed application by priority mail, which provides tracking.
Check USCIS processing times
Upon submission, await for receipt acknowledgment of the petition. Upon doing so, check back regularly with USCIS and their case status webpage.
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