Submitting Supporting Documentation
Supporting documentation is the initial evidence that is required as proof of identification and as justification of eligibility for a benefit. These documents are required for USCIS to make a decision on your application. Examples of supporting documentation include copies of birth certificates, marriage licenses, Permanent Resident Cards, etc.
Check the instructions for the form you are e-Filing to determine what supporting documentation, if any, is required.
Instructions for Submitting Supporting Documentation for e-Filed Applications Only
- Review the instructions for your e-Filed form to determine what supporting documentation is required.
- Gather your supporting documentation for your e-Filed application.
- Originals and copies. In almost all cases, submit a photocopy of your supporting document to USCIS. For more information, see How do I Know if I Need Original Documents (in the Related Links section of this page)? If form instructions state that a copy of a document may be filed with an application, and you choose to send USCIS the original, USCIS may keep the original for our records.
- Translations. Any foreign language document must be accompanied by a full English translation that the translator has certified as complete and correct, and by the translator's certification that he or she is competent to translate the foreign language into English.
- Print a copy of your Confirmation Receipt notice and attach it as a cover page (or first page) to your supporting documentation package.
- Do not include a copy of your e-Filed application with your supporting documentation.
- If you e-Filed several applications concurrently (See E-Filing Forms Concurrently in the Related Links), you will have a Confirmation Receipt notice for each application submitted.
- Include the Confirmation Receipt notice as the first page of the supporting documentation for each application.
- Do not include any paper-based applications or fees with your supporting documentation for the e-Filed application.
- NOTE: All attorneys and Organizational Representatives e-Filing an application or petition on behalf of a client, must perform the following steps:
- Generate a copy of the G-28 (it will be generated as part of the PDF file application after you click the "Finish" button).
- Confirm that the Applicant/Beneficiary/Petitioner name and address information does appear on the G-28.
- If the Applicant/Beneficiary/Petitioner name and address information does not appear on the G-28, print out the G-28 (it will printout with the PDF file application).
- Make a copy of the G-28 for each application electronically submitted.
- Fill in the Applicant/Beneficiary/Petitioner name and address information by hand.
- Sign each G-28.
- Submit the completed and signed G-28s to the address on the Confirmation Receipt notice with the required supporting documentation.
- If you e-File Form I-907 by itself or concurrently with any other application, please see the list of Special Mailing Addresses.
- Keep a copy of your Confirmation Receipt notice(s) and application(s) for your records, noting what supporting documentation you mailed and the date you mailed it. You may wish to make a copy of the entire package before mailing it.
- Place all supporting documentation into one package and mail it to the address provided on the Confirmation Receipt notice.