Common Visa Application Mistakes To Avoid

The process of obtaining a U.S. visa is complex and can sometimes be lengthy. If you make a mistake during the application process, you will see firsthand just how true this statement is. To somewhat simplify this process and keep your stress level lower, learn some of the common application mistakes people make so that you can avoid them:

Ignoring Timelines

Visa applications don't progress at your pace. Instead, the time for completion is based on the type of application you're completing, whether you require administrative review and the caseload of your local office so you will need to contact them first to see how much time is required. If you ignore this guideline and wait to file your application or petition, there is no guarantee you will have your visa approved in time.

Not Providing Supporting Documentation

The citizenship and immigration service office is one place where your word means very little. They aren't going to simply take your word for it, you have to provide documentation to support each statement you make. When you fail to do so, you open the door to a denial. In fact, your application may not even be reviewed if there is no supporting documentation included within the packet, leading to an automatic denial.

Providing Inaccurate Information

Inaccurate information is treated the same as deliberately false information, meaning it can lead to an automatic denial and sometimes further investigation. You are required to provide information that you know to be entirely accurate. If you are not certain of something, it's best to research it first before you include the information on your application. To expound on the first tip, this is a perfect example of why it's important to begin the application process early to leave time for research.

Not Researching Requirements

Ensure you are taking the time to research the requirements for the type of visa you are seeking, as every visa has its own requirements. For instance, with an employment visa, simply having an employer in the U.S. who is planning to hire you isn't always enough. In some instances, you will also need to hold a certain type of degree or specific training for the role you are planning to work in. If you don't, the application can be denied.

A major part of avoiding these mistakes is working with an attorney. Attorneys aren't just well versed on the laws that pertain to immigration and visas, they can also be especially helpful with the application process, helping you avoid these and many other mistakes.  

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