What are the Essential Supporting Documents Needed for a Green Card Application with USCIS?
The Office of Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing a recommendation to immigrants who are preparing to apply for a Green Card or change of status. The agency is advising them to submit all required complementary documentation with their petitions in order to avoid delays in processing.
Due to recent delays in the processing of Legal Permanent Residence requests, USCIS is emphasizing the importance of submitting all required evidence and supporting documentation at the time of filing Form I-485 or Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status. This can help eliminate the need for a Request for Evidence (RFE) and prevent further delays in the award process, including the requirement for an interview.
It is important to note that each case is unique, and USCIS suggests reviewing the list of required evidence depending on the type of Green Card petition being submitted (e.g. marriage, family, or work).
Some basic requirements that apply to all petitions include Form I-693 or Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record, passport type photographs, a copy of a government-issued photo ID, and a copy of the applicant’s birth certificate.
From December 9, 2021 to March 31, 2023, USCIS will not require the doctor’s signature on Form I-693 to be dated no more than 60 days before the application, in order to facilitate the process.
In addition to the above requirements, other documents that may be necessary include documents of inspection and admission, Form I-864 or Affidavit of Economic Support, certified police and court records of all criminal charges, arrests, or convictions, and Form I-601, Waiver of Inadmissibility (if applicable).
It is important to follow USCIS guidelines carefully in order to avoid any unnecessary delays in the Green Card application process. To review the complete list of requirements for each type of procedure, visit uscis.gov (in Spanish). USCIS has recently made several improvements to the design of the Green Card, including enhanced security features.
Heed this recommendation from USCIS and take the necessary steps to ensure that your Green Card application is processed smoothly and efficiently.
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