The 6 Mistakes to Avoid on Your Green Card Application in 2021

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Immigrations procedures are becoming more extensive in the United States. With the change in administration, new paths are being opened for undocumented immigrants. The immigration process can be overwhelming, complicated, and a waste of time and money if the exact steps are not followed. Because of this, your application may be denied or even alert the agents that you are an undocumented immigrant and lead to deportation.

In this new blog from the Diaz & Gaeta Law Firm, attorney Giovanni Díaz tells you about the main mistakes to avoid when applying for your permanent resident application.

Most Common Mistakes When Filling Out Your Green Card Application

It seems that USCIS is always looking for a reason to deny green card applications. Due to this fear, more and more families call our offices for legal advice. The most common worry that our clients have when applying for their green card is to make mistakes on their residence papers. That mistake can be grave for your future. If you need help, call Díaz & Gaeta. Your first consultation is completely free.

1. Repeat the green card application or request it with the help of a notary

If you request your green card application more than once, you may be disqualified by sophisticated registration systems. However, one of the worst mistakes you can make is submitting your green card application with a notary or form preparation service.

What notaries or form preparation services do is fill in the information that appears on the form without paying attention to the issues that may result from a denial of your application. The most common consequence is that your application is denied, and you are put in deportation. 

Notaries don’t even know which questions reveal eligibility or deportation issues. You should never use anyone to complete your request. Unless the person helping you is an immigration attorney with experience in green card applications, don’t use them. 

2. Leave part of the application blank or provide false information

If you aren’t sure about an answer to your permanent resident application, answer “unknown,” N/A (Not applicable), or provide specific details. Never leave it blank. We highly recommend you call an attorney to review each question to help give detailed answers to what is being asked of you. Take advantage of our free consultation now by clicking here.


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Also, you should never provide false information on your green card form. You are required to sign under penalty of perjury (i.e., lying under oath) on all forms.

One of the most common questions is to request the date of entry to the United States. Sometimes it is tempting to misrepresent the circumstances surrounding a no-inspection entry. Don’t do it! Use the help of an experienced Atlanta immigration attorney, like Diaz & Gaeta.


3. Non-compliance with the deadline for delivery of documentation.

On occasion, USCIS will ask you for additional information or documentation for your green card application. The request will be made through an RFE or NOID and will have a specific time to present it. If you miss the deadline, your request will be denied.

Similarly, due to the delays caused by the pandemic, it is crucial to contact an experienced immigration attorney. You will learn more detailed info about the estimated time that your green card application can take.

Be careful when completing your application. Some mistakes could prevent your green card dream from coming true.

Most common mistakes if you have a green card

According to the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), “You can lose your Permanent Resident (Green Card) status if you commit an act that makes you expulsable from the United States under the law.”

If you have already managed to obtain your green card, it is not the time to perform acts that could deport you from the United States. Don’t put all the hard work you have done to achieve permanent residency in jeopardy. Here are some things you shouldn’t do as an immigrant:

  1. You must be careful when traveling abroad and leaving the United States. You cannot stay out of the country for more than one year. If you are going to do it, check the permits and procedures that must be carried out.
  2. Don’t neglect your taxes, ever. Being up to date with your taxes is critical to keep your green card secure. If you have acquired a green card benefit, you must report your income to the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS); otherwise, you could incur a severe offense and lose legal status.


  1. Don’t forget to renew your green card on time. Before you receive your permanent resident card for ten years, you will receive a provisional card that expires two years after it is issued. If you do not renew it in time, you may lose your legal status.

If you or a family member is applying for some immigration case, call us. We can analyze your application during your free consultation and avoid errors that may cause your request to be denied.