Filling for a green card or visa can be a complex and lengthy process. The last thing you want is to have your case delayed due to a small filing error, and yet, this type of thing happens all the time. Many times, applicants forget to sign their forms, make incorrect payments, or use the entirely wrong forms all together. Processing your documents by the federal government takes long enough, you don’t want to make the process any longer by missing something small. 

In today’s blog post, we are going to discuss the most common mistakes that are made when someone is filing for their visa or green card. Continue reading to learn more, and when you are ready to apply, contact the immigration law team at Zohar Law PLLC. We are a law firm in NYC and handle immigration law cases of all kinds. Contact us today and we’ll offer you a free, no-obligation 15-minute consultation. 

Forgetting to Sign Your Forms

One of the most common mistakes made on visa and green card applications and paperwork is forgetting to sign all of your forms. Before you submit your documents, go through and double check that every place that requires your signature is filled in. You don’t want your filing to be delayed due to a slight overlook. 

Using Outdated Forms

When you are filing paperwork for your green card or a visa, make sure that you are using the most recent copy of the forms available. You can usually find these on the USCIS website. However, if you are working with an immigration attorney, they can ensure that you have the most up-to-date forms available. 

Missing Sections of Your Forms

Before you submit your forms, make sure that you fill it out in its entirety. Every single section must be filled in correctly for your paperwork to be filed. 

Making Wrong Payments

Many applicants unintentionally make the wrong payment. If you find it difficult to figure out exactly what your payment should be, an experienced immigation lawyer can help. 

Using Binders or Folders

The immigration officials who are filing your paperwork must be able to easily separate your forms, so using binder, folders, or stapling your documents together could lead to a delay in processing. 

Using the Wrong Colored Ink

All immigration forms must be filled out using black ink. Using colored ink may result in a delay or your forms not being accepted at all. Small mistakes like using the wrong colored ink on your green card and visa paperwork can be avoided when you work with the immigration attorney at Zohar Law PLLC in NYC. 

Filling Out the Wrong Forms

With all the different forms and paperwork, it’s easy to accidentally print off and fill out the wrong forms. For example, there is a different form for each visa, and then different forms depending upon whether you are applying for the first time or renewing your visa. These forms can commonly be mistaken for each other.

Missing Document Translations

If you are submitting supportive documents such as your driver’s license, passport, visa, birth certificate, or marriage certificate and you are from a county that does not speak English, it is required that you provide a certified translation. Not having your documents translated can result in quite a delay. 

Missing Deadlines

Another common mistake that is often made by those who are applying for a green card or visa is missing deadlines. If you want your case filed, you must submit it by the correct deadline. An experienced immigration law firm will be able to provide you with the deadline and help you get your paperwork in order and submitted before that time. 

Avoid These Filing Mistakes With Help From Zohar Law

If you are applying for a visa or green card, it’s imperative that the forms are filled out and submitted correctly. Choosing to work with an experienced immigration law team can ensure that your documents are filed out correctly and on-time. And while the green card and visa process can be lengthy, when you have an immigration lawyer on your side, you are less likely to have your case delayed due to a filing mistake. Contact the immigration lawyer at Zohar Law PLLC in NYC today for a free 15-minute consultation and learn how we can help you obtain your visa or green card.