Immigration 101: Four Tips to a Smoother Immigration Process

Immigrating is a lengthy, complicated, and stressful process. But the right approach can make it easier. Here are four important tips – and if you’d like further assistance, please get in touch with our immigration lawyers today!

Stay on top of the paperwork.

One of the most important aspects of the immigration process is managing your paperwork. Always make copies of the most important documents. If you mail anything, send it by certified mail. Some paperwork will need to be translated into English. Be sure you know what paperwork you are going to need for each step of the process, and be sure you have it available well ahead of time.

Don’t miss appointments, and be on time.

It’s vital to keep track of your appointments. Missing an appointment can delay the processing on your application or even mean your application is denied. Being late for an appointment is also going to negatively affect your application. There are often long lines, so it’s always advisable to arrive early. This is one of those little things that can have a big effect. It’s important to give your interviewers the impression that you’re serious and dependable.

Beware of scammers.

Immigration scammers are, unfortunately, very common. There are scammers that claim you are more likely to win the green card lottery if you pay them. There are scammers that promise you a green card if you pay them. There are websites that sell free government forms. Never give money to people who promise to be able to get you a green card. You can only get visas and green cards from the US government. Check with a government official or with your lawyer if you’re contacted by someone you suspect is a scammer.

Know the rules for your visa and be sure to avoid violations.

Sometimes something as minor as failing to file an address change can have major consequences. Minor violations can even result in deportation. It’s worthwhile to know what all the rules and regulations are, and to stick to them.

If you have any questions about the immigration process, we would be happy to answer them. And if you or a loved one are planning to immigrate to the United States, we can help. Contact us today to learn more!

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