The USCIS.gov site is easy to navigate and provides a one-stop location for customers who are submitting an application, petition on behalf of an alien relative or for those simply looking for more information on immigration benefits. But before you submit a form with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) you should have a checklist handy to mark off as you go along.
Verify USCIS Form Fees
One of the most important parts of any application or petition involves enclosing the correct form fee. Form fees do not stay the same, which is why you should check the most up to date USCIS form fee schedule. To verify the most current USCIS form fee schedule, go to the USCIS.gov site and select “Immigration Forms”. Customers can also verify form fees by calling the National Customer Service Centre at 1-800-375-5283. Or if you received your form by post after requesting a form, review the fee schedule included in the form package.
Sign and Date Forms
It is so simple to forget to sign and date a form, but if you forget to do so USCIS will not be able to process your application or petition. Rather, your application or petition will be sent back and you will be asked to correct the oversight before your package is accepted.
Can You E-file Your Application?
Some immigration forms can be e-Filed. Before you submit your application or petition, check to see if you qualify to e-File. Some of the forms that are available to e-File include Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card, I-131, Application for Travel Document, I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker. E-Filing is beneficial, as it allows you to file anywhere with an Internet connection and you can pay your fees using a credit card or directly through your bank account. Customers who e-File will also receive immediate confirmation that USCIS has received your application.
Check Instructional Pages
Immigration forms come with instructional pages to help make it easier to complete applications and petitions. Print off a copy of the instructional pages and mark off each requirement once you have completed it. This will help ensure that you have not missed anything that needs to be submitted as evidence or supporting documentation.
A checklist can make it easier to complete and submit applications and petitions to USCIS. Customers should verify USCIS form fees, check to make sure they have signed and dated forms, find out whether they qualify to e-File their application and double check the instructional pages for any additional information.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, USCIS Homepage.