This page is a collection of the most common questions we get from our users. It is a work in progress, and will be updated over time.
The information on this page is not legal advice. We do not intend for it to replace the expertise of an immigration attorney. Its purpose is to help you learn more about the Immigrants Like Us form preparation process and provide a summary of publicly available immigration information. Please consult with an attorney if you need legal assistance.
As long as your DACA status has been expired for less than a year at the time that you apply for renewal, you can still apply. If your status has been expired for a year or more, it would be best for you to speak with an attorney.
“Public Charge” is a tool that allows the government to deny applications because the applicant is seen as “likely at any time to become a public charge.” The public charge is an evaluation of how likely you are to receive government benefits in the future. Learn more by reading our article!
An affidavit of support, or Form I-864, is a contract agreement to use their financial resources to support the immigrant applying for status in the United States.
If you don’t already have a valid work visa, such as an H-1B or L-1 visa, then you must obtain a work permit, known as an Employment Authorization Document” before you can start working in the US.
Generally, you want them to be at or above 250% of the federal poverty level for their household size. I typically suggest that sponsors below 250% get to 250% for a combined household size by pairing up with a joint sponsor.
Any document that the U.S. government requires for a green card application must be translated into English — this includes birth certificates.
For help with your application fees, take a look at these resources. Most states have some form of help available. Best of luck!
The spouse that is the US citizen can be the sponsor, even if the two of you are currently living abroad together.
You can, but we highly recommend you complete your application on a computer. While it is possible to complete the forms on a phone or laptop, the computer will provide a much easier experience.
Having no US-based income will hurt your risk level, but having a job ready for you in the US could help offset this. If you have no US income, and no job lined up, then you may have to rely on sponsorships.
You may also use assets to boost your income, so it is important to provide as much financial information as possible when filling out your application.
The definition of sibling in the U.S. immigration law includes people who are the children of at least one common parent; this includes half-siblings. If you are “paternal half-siblings” you will need to provide documentation showing that your father was once married to your mother, that their marriage has legally ended, and that he has married your half-siblings’ mother.
A joint sponsor is someone who is helps the primary sponsor satisfy the financial requirements of sponsorship.
If you are applying for a first time status like a Marriage Green Card, then you would need to get a new passport before applying
It is possible for you to adjust status and stay, just make sure you follow the “90-day rules”. You will likely have to explain this in your interview as well.
Different applications should be sent to different addresses. For the address and filing instructions for your application, take a look at our detailed filing instructions.
Not at this time. Until USCIS makes an official statement saying otherwise, they are not currently accepting Advance Parole.
As a U.S. citizen, you can sponsor your foreign spouse or fiancé, your foreign children, and certain relatives such as parents and siblings.
You should do your best to give a complete and accurate address history. However, some times a gap does occur. Large or frequent gaps can lead to your application being denied. Make sure you provide all the address history information that you can. If you need help remembering old addresses, try a free credit report, old income tax returns, or even just old online shopping orders you may have made.
Private insurance and medicare will help your public charge the most. Public insurance will help as well. But Medicaid for adults over the age of 21 will hurt your application.
Different Green Card applications have very different timelines. Your application could take anywhere form 10 months to 3 years - it all depends on your your specific application type. You can find more information about the timelines for Family Green Cards in our detailed filing guides.
A bona fide marriage means that you intend to build a future with your spouse and that your marriage was not for immigration purposes
Immigrant visas are issued to foreign nationals who intend to live permanently in the US. Nonimmigrant visas are for foreign naturals wishing to enter the US on a temporary basis.
Yes, include schooling or "unemployed" with address details either for the school or for where this person was living at the time of their unemployment to fill in any gaps.
It usually takes a few days for us to complete our initial review of your submitted forms. Most forms go through 2-3 reviews, which take about two weeks in total.
Generally, you should evidence an annual gross income at least 125 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. You will need an income at or above 250% of the federal poverty level for your household size in order for your income to be a positive factor.
The Form I-94 number is also known as the Departure Number or Admission Record Number. DHS issues an I-94 to those who are admitted to the US, adjusting status while in the US, or those extending their stay.
A Green Card, also known as a “permanent resident card,” is a card issued by USCIS to prove your legal permanent resident status. A Green Card allows you to live and work in the United States.
Answer as many questions as you can before submitting your forms to us for review. It is okay if you don’t know the answer to every question, when we review your forms, we will make sure to mention any questions you did not answer that you need to answer. At that point, if you don’t know the answer, we can help you find one.
The cost is $725 ($640 for the N400, $85 for the biometrics appointment).
The K-1 fiancé visa allows future spouses of US citizens to come to the U.S. to get married in the US within 90 days. A marriage green card is for those who first get married outside the United States and then the US citizen spouse sponsors the foreign spouse for a green card. The Fiancé Visa also costs more ($2,025) than the marriage Green Card (~$1,200).
You will likely need a sponsor with US income in this situation.
You can visit this CBP website to access your electronic Form I-94.
The A-Number is a nine-digit identification number assigned by USCIS that is used to track your profile across different documents and applications.
Your controlling form of identification is usually some sort of document or ID card that required multiple pieces for verification. It is your “highest” level of identification. If you have a passport, it is likely your controlling document.
Not at this time. Until USCIS makes an official statement saying otherwise, they are not currently accepting new DACA applications.
For gaps in employment greater than 3 months, you should put “self-employed” or “unemployed,” whichever is accurate for your situation. Then you should put the address where you lived at the time for the address information.
Immediate relatives of a US citizen include: their spouse, their unmarried child under 21, and their parents.
For periods of self-employment, you should put the company as self-employed, and include your home address information.
When you receive your reviewed forms from us, you will also receive detailed instructions about which forms to send in when.
General requirements for naturalization include: 18 years of age at time of filing, being a permanent resident for at least 5 years, proof you have lived in the state/USCIS district you intend to apply for at least 3 months, Demonstrate continuous residence in the United States for at least 5 years immediately preceding the date of filing, proof you have been physically present for 30 months of the 5 years before filing.
As a permanent resident (Green Card holder), you may petition for your spouse, unmarried children under 21, or unmarried son or daughter of any age.