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Are you looking for information regarding your immigration process form? Or maybe, are you looking for help to file your form? Here are some reasons to consider why you shouldn’t file your immigration form yourself.

Let’s start with the basics. Even the simplest of the USCIS immigration process involves forms. And with it, gathering documents. All to prove requirements, eligibility, and more. In all this process, you may find the tedious homework of investigating and understanding the depth of your process. And if not, easily a mistake can be made. Translating in most cases to an application returned, delayed, or even rejected.

Let’s take a look at the most common mistakes applicants make when filing immigration forms:

1. Missing signature

Yes, believe it or not. When filing immigration forms, this is the most common mistake. Applicants forget to sign their forms. And without a signature, the document is automatically rejected and returned.

2. Outdated forms

We strongly recommend you check multiple times. With time, USCIS changes and updates its forms. So keeping updated sometimes cannot be an easy task for you. As USCIS, we recommend downloading your application form directly from the USCIS website. Then fill it electronically or print it and send it to USCIS offices.

3. Blank brackets

Although you may think some brackets don’t apply to you, they do. Generally, it is safer for all blanks to be completely filled in without exception.

4. Colored ink or illegible writing

Applicants must fill all forms with black ink. Don’t also forget to write as clear and legibly as possible. Consider also only using the inside of each bracket’s space provided. Obviously, computer-prepared forms are superior to hand-filled forms.

5. Paying the wrong fee

Although it may not be part of filing your immigration form itself, this is something to watch. Petitioners more than once have this problem. Sending wrong fee payments is a common reason for denying immigration petitions. To determine your correct fee, please use the USCIS online fee calculator.

See, these are only a few mistakes you should look after. But when talking about U.S. immigration law, we all know it is incredibly complex.

Why should you hire an immigration attorney?

We understand. Hiring an immigration attorney can sound intimidating. And actually, you are not required to have a lawyer when applying for a benefit at USCIS. Even in the United States or overseas.

Also, it can be the case that yours is a straightforward case when:

  • You have clear eligibility for the seek benefit
  • No criminal records

This allows you to potentially proceed all the way to a visa or green card without a lawyer.

And in fact, when overseas, lawyers cannot attend consular interviews with applicants. But they are allowed to prepare the applications and have follow-up communications with the consulates.

Nevertheless, there are numerous situations in which having an expert hand will save a lot of time and frustration. As we said. Immigration law is notoriously complicated, and its bureaucracy doesn’t make things easier. So, among many, here we can highlight some reasons of having someone filing your immigration forms will be the best for you.

1.   Avoiding mistakes

Yes, we have mentioned them. But as strange as it may sound; still applicants keep committing them. Having someone experienced in filing immigration forms will avoid mistakes in your application. This usually means the case will proceed in less time.

2. Case Efficiency and Risk Reduction

Are you asking why you should not file immigration forms yourself? Here the clearest answer. Hiring an immigration lawyer to complete your application can save you a fair amount of time. Some even estimate from four to eight weeks in processing time.

An immigration lawyer knows what to do with your case. And especially, they will know how to fill your application correctly. It will not be their first time around.

Plus, this is especially important in avoiding rejection of your application or a request for more evidence.

3. Broad services

You will not only get your form filled. They will guide you on which form is best suited to your case. It will also prepare you for your interview and help streamline the process. You will get much more than a filled form. An immigration lawyer will review your whole case. With that, they will evaluate the probabilities of obtaining your petition and help you avoid any unwanted reasons for the denial.

Do you want more information? Don’t hesitate. Contact HMA to receive the best legal guidance for your immigration case. We will take care of you and your case in the best possible way.

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