Checklist of Required Initial Evidence for Form I-360 (for informational purposes only)

Please do not submit this checklist with your Form I-360. It is an optional tool to use as you prepare your form, but does not replace statutory, regulatory, and form instruction requirements. We recommend that you review these requirements before completing and submitting your form. Do not send original documents unless specifically requested in the form instructions or applicable regulations. You may view the form instructions at uscis.gov/i-360.

If you submit any documents (copies or original documents, if requested) in a foreign language, you must include a full English translation along with a certification from the translator verifying that the translation is complete and accurate, and that they are competent to translate from the foreign language to English.

Checklist for Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) Petitioners

Did you provide the following?

  • Birth certificate or other evidence of age
  • A court order or administrative documents that establish eligibility for SIJ classification
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) consent (if applicable)

Checklist for VAWA Petitioners

Did you provide the following?

  • Evidence of the abuser’s U.S. citizenship or lawful permanent resident status
  • Marriage and divorce decrees, birth certificates, or other evidence of your legal relationship to the abuser
  • One or more documents showing that you and the abuser have resided together, such as employment records, utility receipts, school records, hospital or medical records, birth certificates of children, mortgages, rental records, insurance policies, or affidavits
  • Evidence of the abuse, such as reports and affidavits from police, judges, court officials, medical personnel, school officials, clergy, social workers, and other social service agency personnel. If you have an order of protection, or have taken other legal steps to end the abuse, you should submit copies of those court documents.
  • If you are 14 years of age or older, your affidavit of good moral character accompanied by a local police clearance, state-issued criminal background check, or similar report from each locality or state in the United States or abroad where you have resided for six or more months during the three-year period immediately before you filed your self-petition
  • If you are a spouse, submit evidence showing you entered your marriage in good faith, such as proof that one spouse has been listed as the other’s spouse on insurance policies, property leases, properly filed tax forms, or bank statements. You may also submit your affidavit or affidavits of others who have knowledge of your courtship, wedding ceremony, shared residence, and other life experiences, if available.

NOTE: You may submit any relevant credible evidence in place of the suggested evidence if you are a: 

  • VAWA self-petitioning spouse or child of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, or
  • VAWA self-petitioning parent of a U.S. citizen son or daughter.
     

Checklist for Afghanistan or Iraq Nationals Supporting the U.S. Armed Forces as a Translator

Did you provide the following?

  • A copy of your passport or birth certificate showing you are a national of Afghanistan or Iraq
  • A favorable written recommendation from the Chief of Mission or a general or flag officer in the U.S. Armed Forces unit that you supported
  • Evidence you worked directly with the U.S. Armed Forces or under the Chief of Mission authority as a translator or interpreter for a period of at least 12 months
  • Evidence that you cleared any required background checks as determined by the Chief of Mission or the general or flag officer in the U.S. Armed Forces unit that you supported

Checklist for Iraq Nationals Who Were Employed by or on Behalf of the U.S. Government in Iraq

Did you provide the following?

  • A copy of your passport, birth certificate, or national identification card showing that you are a national of Iraq. If the document is in a foreign language, you must provide a certified English translation.
  • A positive recommendation from your senior supervisor or the person currently occupying that position (or a more senior person if your senior supervisor has left the employer or has left Iraq) confirming employment of at least one year between March 20, 2003, and Sept. 30, 2013
  • Proof the Chief of Mission or their designee conducted a risk assessment
  • A copy of your Chief of Mission’s approval
  • A copy of the front and back of your Form I-94, Arrival-Departure Record, if you are physically present in the United States

Checklist for Afghan Nationals Who Were Employed by or on Behalf of the U.S. Government, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), or Successor mission in Afghanistan

Did you provide the following?

  • A copy of your passport, birth certificate, or national identification card showing that you are a national of Afghanistan
  • A positive recommendation from your senior supervisor or the person currently occupying that position (or a more senior person if your senior supervisor has left the employer or has left Afghanistan) confirming employment of at least one year between Oct. 7, 2001, and Sept. 30, 2015, or at least two years of employment for applicants who submit applications for Chief of Mission approval on or after Oct. 1, 2015
  • A copy of your Chief of Mission’s approval
  • A copy of the front and back of your Form I-94, Arrival-Departure Record, if you are physically present in the United States

Checklist for Broadcasters

Did you provide the following?

  • The job title and a full description of the job to be performed
  • Your broadcasting expertise, including how long you have been performing duties that relate to the prospective position, or a statement as to how they you the necessary skills that make you qualified for the position
     

Checklist for Widows and Widowers

Did you provide the following?

  • Proof of your late spouse’s U.S. citizenship
  • A copy of your marriage certificate to your late spouse 
  • Proof you or your late spouse terminated any prior marriages (if applicable)
  • A copy of your late spouse’s death certificate  

Checklist for Religious Workers

Did you provide the following?

  • A valid determination letter from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) establishing the organization is a tax exempt or establishing that the group is tax-exempt if the religious organization is covered under a group tax exemption
  • For a bona fide organization affiliated with the religious denomination, if the organization was granted tax-exempt status under the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) of 1986 section 501(c)(3) (or a subsequent amendment or equivalent sections of prior enactments of the IRC) as something other than a religious organization, include the following:
    •  A valid determination letter from the IRS establishing the organization is a tax-exempt organization;
    • Documentation that establishes the religious nature and purpose of the organization; 
    • Organizational literature describing the religious purpose and nature of the activities of the organization; and
    • A Religious Denomination Certification (in Part 9. of Form I-360) completed, signed, and dated by the religious organization certifying the petitioning organization is affiliated with the religious denomination.
  • A Prospective Employer Attestation (in Part 9. of Form I-360) and a certification completed, signed, and dated by an authorized official of the prospective employer of the beneficiary seeking religious worker status
  • Verifiable evidence of how the prospective employer intends to compensate the beneficiary, including salaried or non-salaried compensation
  • Evidence the beneficiary has been a member of the religious denomination during at least the two years immediately preceding the petition
  • Evidence to establish the beneficiary has been working continuously, after turning 14 years of age, in one of the positions listed below, either abroad or in the United States, for at least the two years immediately preceding the petition:
    • Solely as a minister of that religious denomination; 
    • In a religious vocation either in a professional or non-professional capacity; or
    • In a religious occupation either in a professional or non-professional capacity.
  • Evidence to establish the beneficiary is qualified to perform the duties of the offered position (see regulations for specific requirements related to ministers)

 

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