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Visa Application Tips

The visa application process is a long and tedious one. It is important that you do what you can to make sure the process is as seamless as can be. Here are a few tips to follow to keep the immigration process move along smoothly.

Be Prepared for Delays

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigrations Services, formerly called INS, is very backed up. To guarantee that you have a Visa by the time you need one submit your application far in advance. If you are currently in the U.S. and your legal status is going to expire, getting your application in as soon as possible is very important to avoid any adverse legal action being taken against you.

Avoid Summary Removal

The border officials have a lot of power. They can send you back overseas if they feel as though you are a security risk or if they feel as though you have lied to get the visa. When arriving from overseas you need to be prepared to convince these officials that you deserve your visa. If you are coming as a tourist and not intending on seeking citizenship avoid bringing anything with you that gives the impression you could be staying such as a wedding dress, job resume and so on.

Notify the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

If you are in the United States for more than 30 days you must notify the USCIS of a change of address within 10 days. You and each member of your family need to send in separate notifications. There are two ways to send this notification, the best option is through the USCIS’ website, click on their “online change of address service” or you can mail in Form AR-11. It is also a very good idea to send word of your change of address to every USCIS office that is handling your application.

File Multiple Visa Petitions

If you are getting a green card through a family member and you have more than one family member that is eligible to submit the petition for you, have each one submit a petition for you. This way, if there is a long wait in one category or should the person that submitted it for you die you have another option.

Pay Attention to Deadlines

Make sure that you are on time for any appointment you have with the USCIS, U.S. embassy or consulate or the U.S. Immigration court. If you are late or simply don’t show up it could be months before you are rescheduled or you may possibly be deported.

Avoid Violations

Read the small print associated with your visa and make sure you follow the rules carefully. Should you violate even the minor terms your visa can be canceled or you can be deported.