Tips for Filing Forms with USCIS
Please read and follow the form filing instructions. Form fees, eligibility requirements, fee waiver eligibility, required documents, and mailing addresses vary depending on the form you are filing and why you are filing. These tips will help ensure USCIS accepts your application package and forwards your case to a field office or service center for processing.
Complete the Form Completely and Accurately:
Submit Required Documents and Evidence:
Check Your Application:
To ensure your form is accepted for processing:
How do I know when the Lockbox facility has accepted my form?
Where can I get information about fee waivers?
I filed my application at a Lockbox facility over 10 days ago and have not received a receipt notice. Who should I contact?
I don’t understand why the Lockbox facility rejected my application. Who can help me?
Where can I get general information about forms and filing instructions?
How do I check my case status?
How do I request a refund?
How do I withdraw an application or petition?
Where do I send a response to a Request for Evidence (RFE) or a Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID)?
How do I change my address?
U.S Department of Homeland Security
I mailed my application to the wrong location. Will you forward it?
We will forward most applications to the correct location. If we are unable to forward your application, we will return it to you to re-file.
Will USCIS accept forms that are missing information as long as the basic information is completed?
Each form has certain fields that are required to process our business rules, calculate the correct fee, and determine your reason for filing. If you complete the required fields, submit the required initial evidence, sign your form, and pay the correct fee, we will accept your application. However, even if information is not required to initially accept your form, missing information could delay the adjudication process. It is important that you complete the entire form and submit the initial evidence listed in the form instructions.
Should I assemble my application package documents in a specific order?
The Lockbox service provider will sort your application in the correct processing order; however, we recommend assembling your package as follows:
If an application is rejected, will you return it to the attorney or applicant?
If the application was filed with a valid Form G-28, Notice of Entry of Appearance as Attorney or Accredited Representative, we will return it to the attorney and send a rejection notice to both the attorney and the applicant. If not, only the applicant will receive the rejected application and notice.
This page can be found at: http://www.uscis.gov/lockboxtips
Last Reviewed/Updated: 09/26/2013