• James C. Hawkins

Avoid Common Mistakes on USCIS Forms



Completing the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) forms can be difficult and complicated, especially if you have never filled out these types of forms before. It is helpful to seek assistance from an experienced immigration attorney when you fill out and submit USCIS forms. Some people prefer to fill them out on their own, but you want to make sure that you follow all of the rules and guidelines or your application could be rejected. If you make a mistake on an application or petition, your request may be delayed or denied.


It can be helpful to know some of the most common mistakes that people make on USCIS forms so you can make sure that you avoid these problems and any delays. Some of the most common errors include:


● No Signature: You must sign the form to authenticate the document. If you forget to sign the form, the USCIS will reject your application and you will need to start the process again.

● Leaving Blanks on the Form: Do not leave any questions blank. Failing to answer some of the questions will cause a delay and possibly a rejection of your application. Read the instructions, and if you have any questions, contact an attorney for help.

● Making the Wrong Payment: Fees change from time to time, so it is important to include the correct fee. Check the fee online using the USCIS fee calculator so your application will not be rejected.

● Omitting Important Data: If you forget to provide important information that the USCIS needs to process your form, it will be rejected. Make sure that you provide all of the personal information requested on the form.

● Using Outdated Forms: The USCIS updates forms so it is essential to obtain the current forms directly from the USCIS website. If you use an old form, the USCIS will reject your application and you will need to start over again.

● Forgetting to Include Documentation: You are required to provide documents that support your application. Each form has different requirements. Review the instructions and gather the proper documentation to submit with your application.

● Submitting Different Applications Together: Each application or form must be submitted separately and in its own envelope. Do not mix documents or you could find that they are returned.

● Not Following Instructions: Each form has a set of instructions that you must follow precisely. For example, you must use black ink to fill out the forms. If you do not follow instructions, you run the risk of your application being delayed or denied.


USCIS forms often include lengthy instructions that may be difficult to understand. The USCIS process can take a long time, and if your application is rejected or denied, the process will take even longer. It is often a good idea to seek professional assistance to determine the correct forms to use, the correct fee to pay, and to help in properly filling out the forms. Do not risk a delay or denial of your application.


When you want help with the process, contact BlackHawk Immigration Consulting to avoid any delays.



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