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10 Tips for Getting Your Green Card Application Approved

Posted by Gutierrez Law Firm on July 10, 2013

The process for obtaining and maintaining a green card requires constant attention to detail. Making sense of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) policy can sometimes be frustrating, but as with anything else in life, a little inside knowledge and experience can make a huge difference. The following tips will help green card applicants stay on the road to success:

  1. When an immigrant needs to have their immigration status or work permit renewed, they shouldn’t wait until the last minute. Submit all applications well in advance of the official expiration date. An immigrant may well be arrested if they fall out of status.
  2. Anyone with an active green card should consider filing for U.S. citizenship if they meet the residency requirements for naturalization. The customary waiting period is five years, but there are exceptions. Citizenship eliminates the need for a green card and improves the immigration status of family members.
  3. Avoid summary removal by preparing wisely for arrival at a U.S. border. Border officials enjoy a great deal of discretion to eliminate individuals who could be security risks.
  4. When spending more than 30 days in the United States, it is important to notify USCIS of all address changes. This must be done within 10 days of moving to a new address. A separate notification must be submitted by every family member. Providing notification can be completed online or by sending Form AR-11 to any USCIS office that processes applications.
  5. An applicant can increase the odds of success by filing multiple green card applications through any relative who is a U.S. citizen.
  6. Never be late to an appointment with a USCIS official, immigration court, embassy or consulate. The result could be extensive delays or deportation.
  7. Violating the terms of a U.S. visa could cause unnecessary difficulty. It’s important to carefully observe the rules associated with a green card, visa or work permit.
  8. Copying and tracking all immigration paperwork is essential. USCIS is well-known for losing forms and documents. Make extra copies of all documents and send them via certified mail.
  9. Don’t rely on family or friends for immigration-related advice. A knowledgeable immigration attorney is the best available source of accurate information.
  10. When nothing seems to be going right, contact an immigration lawyer or congressional representative for assistance.


There’s no need to be frustrated by the U.S. immigration system. For immigration assistance in Texas, speak to a lawyer at the Gutierrez Law Firm at 210.225.7114 for a free case evaluation.

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