You are likely very excited (and nervous) about seeking permanent legal residency in the United States. As you make plans for a new life in New Jersey, you will no doubt face many challenges as you navigate the immigration process. There are several things to keep in mind when applying for a green card. By seeking clarification of U.S. immigration law ahead of time and knowing how to access available support when needed, you may be able to avoid a lot of potentially stressful situations.
There are many types of visas, and as far as green cards are concerned, you’re probably already aware that there are certain requirements that you must fulfill in order to be eligible to apply. There are also several things you can to de-stress your application process.
Green card obstacles and how to overcome them
Aside from knowing that green cards are called such because they are green in color, many people don’t know the first thing about how to officially submit applications for permanent residency in the United States. The following tips may help you avoid problems:
- Know which forms you need: If there’s one sure thing about the immigration process, it’s that there is almost always a lot of paperwork involved. While many websites offer printable forms for your convenience, knowing which ones you need to fill out and how to do so properly is an entirely different ball game. For this reason, many immigrants seek assistance from experienced immigration attorneys.
- Ink is important as well: If you’re filling out a green card application (or any other immigration form) you should always use black ink.
- Make sure forms are complete: If you don’t know the answer to a question or you are lacking certain documents or evidence that you must attach to your green card form, do not try to submit your application until you have fulfilled all requirements and answered all the questions. Making sure you fill out the forms completely and properly can help avoid substantial delays.
- Passport priorities: Always send in copies when forms request passports or other personal identification documents. Never send original copies because the danger of them getting lost is great.
- Same signature every time: Do not use different versions of your name on green card applications or other immigration forms. Always use the same signature and same version of your name so all your forms are consistent.
There are also specific rules for filling out checks or paying fees that often accompany the green card application process. To avoid much stress, you can access support to seek answers to your questions regarding such issues ahead of time.