Filling out an online immigration application can save you a lot of resources, time and money that you would otherwise spend on several trips to the Embassy.
However, this also comes with a disadvantage. When you do this step at home, you don’t have whom to ask how to complete the forms if you don’t understand the questions. Moreover, the application is decisive and you don’t want to make any mistakes. Here are seven tips that will help you fill out a perfect online immigration application:
- Make sure you have the right application form. Documents vary depending on the type of visa you want to apply for and choosing the wrong one will ruin the whole application process. Also, go for the most current form available because visa and immigration requirements change pretty often.
- Get your name right. The advice might sound redundant, but in reality this is a common mistake that applicants make. You must use the exact same name on all immigration forms. If you have recently married, it is advisable to use your married name. It’s okay if you want to use your unmarried name, but be consistent with all names throughout.
- Answer every question on the application form. Applicants tend to skip the questions that don’t apply to their current situation. If you come across a situation like this, just write “N/A” (not applicable) in the space provided. This will show that you have filled out the form entirely. Remember that the document may be refused if an answer or the whole application is considered incomplete so don’t leave any blank spaces.
- Don’t lie in your application. Some things may sound better in your application, but if they are not true, don’t even think about writing them! There are serious repercussions for filling out a fraudulent application. You can be prosecuted or even deported.
- Gather all documents. In most cases, applications have to be accompanied by other relevant documents, such as scanned copies of your ID, passport, birth certificate, academic transcript and photos. You may even have to include a resume or a motivation letter. Read the instructions carefully and make sure that you don’t leave out any of the necessary documents. If there is any additional information about yourself that you consider relevant to the application, write a letter of explanation and upload it together with the other documents.
- Consult an immigration lawyer. Although hiring an attorney does not guarantee you success, having a professional opinion is always a good idea, especially if you haven’t had any previous experience in filling out application forms.
- Double check the information. Go through the application carefully one more time before sending it. Check that you have spelled your name correctly, that the information is correct and complete.