Immigrating to the United States is a life-changing decision that opens up a world of personal and financial opportunities. However, the process of obtaining a green card can take years – especially if you make mistakes during the application process.


It is easy to become discouraged by the administrative requirements of obtaining a green card. However, according to the Migration Policy Institute, approximately 1 million people received green cards in the United States in 2013. With the right approach – and perhaps the help of an immigration lawyer – you may be able to obtain a green card faster than you think.

If you intend to apply for a green card, it is important to learn how to avoid common mistakes. These include:

  1. Not completing all the necessary forms;
  2. Forgetting the affidavit of support;
  3. Not having the necessary supporting documents;
  4. Sending the packet to the wrong address;
  5. And lying on application forms.

If you need help with the green card application process, contact the O’Brien Law Group. Rusty O’Brien is a Louisville green card attorney who can answer your questions and represent your interests.

Call 502-400-7890 to schedule a consultation. You can also learn more about U.S. immigration laws by visiting

Here are five common mistakes that can delay your green card application process:

Mistake 1: Not Completing All the Necessary Forms

The green card application process requires that you complete several different forms. The number of forms varies according to your current status and the application type, but you can expect to fill out between seven and nine during the process. All of these forms are available on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website.

Mistake 2: Forgetting the Affidavit of Support

The affidavit of support is an important part of the green card application that many people overlook. If you intend to live in the United States permanently, the affidavit of support indicates that a sponsor – usually a relative – will support you financially.

Mistake 3: Not Having the Necessary Supporting Documents

Applicants must prove each claim in the green card application. This requires extensive documentation such as marriage certificates, proof of divorce, financial support, and evidence that you are not inadmissible due to your history.

Mistake 4: Sending the Packet to the Wrong Address

Each part of your application may need to go to a different location, and there are often several different addresses that receive forms. Sending the forms to the wrong addresses may delay the process or result in a rejection.

Mistake 5: Lying on Application Forms

Many applicants think they can get away with lying on application forms or not disclosing important information. The USCIS may forgive certain aspects of your history, such as working without permission or overstaying your visa, but it is unlikely to forgive lying during the application or interview.

Applying for a green card can be a long and arduous process. If you have questions about living and working legally in the United States, contact the O’Brien Law Group.

Rusty O’Brien is a Louisville immigration lawyer who can evaluate your goals, answer your questions, and provide legal guidance. Schedule a consultation today by calling 502-400-7890.

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