Tips for Filing Visa Forms

The process for filling out and submitting immigration visa petitions can be complicated. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services department (USCIS), offers a large variety of different types of visas for applicants across the globe. Choosing the correct forms and properly submitting them will ensure that the process will proceed properly. There are some tips for filing visa forms that are useful for immigrants seeking visas or green cards.

Choose the Correct USCIS Form

One of the most important things you can do to ensure that your request is reviewed by officials is to choose the correct USCIS form. There are many types of visas, but not everyone is eligible for some of them. Additionally, many of the forms have been updated as of December 23, 2016. USCIS will only accept older forms until February 1, 2017. Carefully review the criteria qualification criteria for the visa petition before you submit an application. If you do not meet the requirements for one type of visa you may be able to apply for a different one. An experienced immigration attorney will help you choose the visa that is ideal for your particular circumstances.

Review the Application Requirements Before Submitting

There are typically some requirements that must be met for each type of available visa application. Before you begin to fill out or submit the petition, you should read the instructions carefully. Note any specific requirements, such as additional documents that must be provided as part of the application. You need to have these documents ready and available at the time you submit your paperwork. In some cases, you may need to visit a doctor or request data from another source before you can submit the request.

Fill Out the Forms Completely

Visa petitions and application forms are often complex and request quite a bit of information. It is essential that you fill out the form entirely and do not skip any important sections. Failure to answer any question could cause your application to be delayed or even denied. If this occurs you may need to resubmit your application, or at the very least, revise your application. This will certainly delay the process and put your request back at the end of the line. Avoid delay by filling out all the forms completely.

Submit the Required Application Fee

Many visa applications require you to pay a non-refundable application fee. This fee must be paid at the time the petition is submitted. It is important to note that if your application needs a clarification or revision, you will not need to provide an additional payment. However, if you are required to submit a new petition, another application fee may apply. If you need help filling out a visa application, get help from a reputable immigration attorney. Contact the experienced legal team at Udall Shumway PLC for assistance.

This blog should be used for informational purposes only. It does not create an attorney-client relationship with any reader and should not be construed as legal advice. If you need legal advice regarding Filing Visa Forms, or other Immigration Law matters, please feel free to contact Phil D. Ortega at 480.461.5330, log on to,  or contact an attorney in your area. Udall Shumway PLC is located in Mesa, Arizona and is a full service law firm. We assist Individuals, families, businesses, schools and municipalities in Mesa and the Phoenix/East Valley.