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The ABC's of Immigration Forms

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Immigration forms, visas and green cards, are the ones most commonly used terms in US immigration. The United States of America, called the land of immigrants is a place where thousands of people go every year, either for a visit or to live and work. The process and procedures of entering and living in the US vary depending on the intention of visit.

The United States of America, called the land of immigrants is a place where thousands of people go every year, either for a visit or to live and work. Foreigners who intend to go to the US are aware of the privileges of lawful presence in the US. The process and procedures of entering and living in the US vary depending on the intention of the visit. Visas and green cards are the most commonly used terms in US immigration which facilitate the visit. To get a visa or green card, different immigration and citizenship application forms are to be filed either at the American consulate if you are outside the US or with the USCIS while in the US.

Immigrant and non-immigrant visas are used depending on the intention of the visit. You can get a non-immigrant visa if the visit is temporary such as for tourism, study, or work. Immigrant visas are issued for permanent residence in the US. Visitor visas, work visas and student visas are a few common categories through which you can enter the US.

USCIS Forms :

As mentioned earlier, if you are in the US, all immigration forms are filed with the USCIS. The forms can be downloaded from the uscis website and there are also many private websites in this field who make the forms available on their website and they charge a fee for assisting users in filling and filing the forms with the USCIS. The help of attorneys may be sought to fill the forms that can be sophisticated at times. The USCIS is the sole authority and government agency that processes these immigration forms. They are the authority that approve or reject your application.

Every year, approximately 40 percent of the applications submitted are rejected because of it being erroneous or incomplete. This is a proof that the forms can be difficult to understand and complete. The immigration laws in US are very strict and vigilant to ensure all immigrants enter and stay legally. Hence, any immigration application filed even with minimal errors gets rejected. The application is rejected even if the US immigration officials sense a small evidence of suspicion. So the applicant has to be transparent and truthful in all the information he/she provides in his/her application. All the immigration forms come with filing instructions that has information about the fees, the supporting documents that need to be sent, the mailing address and other instructions specific to the user.

After the applicant submits the completed forms to the USCIS, he/she will get a receipt for the form filed. That notice will contain an application receipt number (13 characters) with which the applicant can track the status of the application. The applicant will also be notified about the biometrics appointment. The processing time for the applications differ depending on the purpose of the form. For certain cases, the process will be expedited considering the situation under which the form is filed. The USCIS revises the immigration forms frequently where the expiry and revision dates of the forms get updated. Certain applications can be e-filed. In such cases, all supporting documentation can be submitted at the time of the applicant's interview.