Picking up from where Top 5 Errors on Form I-601A Provisional Waivers, According to USCIS (Pt. 1) left off, below, we will continue discussing some common mistakes that people should avoid in order to facilitate the processing and approval of their Form I-601A waivers.
More Mistakes to Avoid with Form I-601A Waivers
Mistake 2 – Failing to Providing a Receipt for Payment of the DOS IV Fee.
It’s not simply enough to have paid the Department of State (DOS) Immigrant Visa (IV) fee. You must also provide a copy of the receipt of payment as part of your Form I-601A waiver application to verify to USCIS officials that you have, indeed, already paid this fee.
USCIS is very clear that it will only accept an official receipt issued by the DOS, so:
- Be careful to keep this receipt after you have paid the IV fee.
- Contact DOS about getting another copy of the receipt if you lose it.
- Don’t try to send a canceled check or the copy of a money order in place of the DOS receipt, as this will not be accepted by the USCIS.
Mistake 3 – Skipping Questions on the Form I-601A
Intentionally not answering all of the questions or just making mistakes and accidentally skipping questions on the Form I-601A will both have the same consequences – processing of the form will be delayed, or the application could be outright denied. This means that, before submitting this form, make sure that you have:
- Clearly and properly answered every question on the form.
- Provided all requested supporting documents so that you don’t run into any possible problems.
Mistake 4 – Failing to Pay the Fee for the Form I-601A
When filing a Form I-601A, applicants are required to pay:
- $585 for the application fee
- $85 for biometric services (for applicants who are younger than 79 years old).
Failing to pay these fees when submitting this application for a waiver will only create problems, delays and headaches for the applicant in the near future.
Mistake 5 – Forgetting the Sign the Form I-601A
Every single person submitting a Form I-601A for consideration to USCIS must sign the application before filing it. Not authorizing this form will result in the form being rejected and returned to you. This will automatically delay the issuance of your waiver and could result in you having to repay certain filing and processing fees.
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