Going through the immigration process can quickly become overwhelming and stressful.
If your case is taking a long time to process and you are concerned about your legal status expiring, you are probably feeling anxious.
You may feel powerless when subjected to delays and the decisions of the immigration authorities assigned to your case.
While you are waiting for the immigration court to decide your case, you can access essential elements of your claim online.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) provides digital tools and resources to help immigrants secure and track their benefits.
Immigrants can access information about their visas, green cards, work permits, and the status of U.S. Citizenship online.
The First Step is to Create a USCIS Account Online
You can create your secure account with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Enter your email address then follow the prompts to create your account.
You will need to provide a valid email address and a unique password.
The email address that you provide will also be the username of your account.
After you enter your username and password, you will receive a text or email message with a one-time password.
Follow the link in your email or text to enter your one-time password.
This is a two-factor authentication process that you must complete before accessing your account.
If you have issues creating your account, you can visit the USCIS tips page for filing online.
You can review the status of your application as your case progresses.
How to Submit Your Immigration Application Forms Online
- First, visit the login page and enter your information. If you have trouble creating an account, see the account setup help page.
- Select “File a Form”
- Select “Start Your Application”
As you go complete the application process, you will need to upload evidence that supports your application.
Immigration authorities will review the evidence you submit when deciding whether or not to accept your application.
You can take a picture of your documents or use a scanner to upload the materials.
It is crucial that you can clearly read all of the words on your documents.
Each image must be clear.
Make sure your files are not larger than 6MB in size.
The website requires uploaded documents to be one of the following formats: PDF, JPG, JPEG, TIF, or TIFF.
You will need to submit an English translation of your document if it is written in a foreign language.
When your application is complete, you can click “review application.”
A PDF draft version of your application will appear, and you may save it and print a copy of it for your records.
Before you submit your application, you need to electronically (e-sign) it.
To e-sign, the document, type your first, middle, and last names into the form and click submit.
Next, you will need to submit payment.
You can choose to pay with a debit card, credit card, or using your bank account.
If you decide to use your bank account, you will need to provide the bank account number and the routing number.
After you submit the payment, you will receive a receipt notice with your receipt number.
Be sure to print this document or write down this number as it will be the unique number associated with your USCIS case.
If you ever lose your receipt number, you can find it on your account home page underneath the documents tab.
How to Respond to Requests for Evidence
If you need to respond to a request for evidence (RFE) after your application is submitted, you will receive a notification via text message, email, or regular mail.
To respond to requests for evidence, log into your USCIS account, and go to the “Documents” tab.
Here you will be able to view notices and respond to requests for evidence.
How to Check the Status of Your Application
You can quickly check the status of your application online.
On this page, you can enter the unique 13-character identifier that you received when you submitted your application.
When your decision is final, you will receive a notice and will be able to see it on your account page.
You can also submit a case inquiry, find USCIS office locations, look up processing times, or change your address on the case status landing page.
Please Note That Some Forms Cannot be Filed Online
You cannot file every immigration for online.
For example, if you are applying for a fee waiver or filing form N-336 as a U.S. armed forces member, you cannot file online.
Similarly, if you are filing a form N-400 from outside of the United States or as a member of the U.S. armed forces, you cannot file online.
Finally, if you want to remove the conditions from your Green Card with an I-90 from, you cannot file online.
If You are Having Difficulty With Your Case, You can Consult The Virtual Assistant
“Emma” is the USCIS’s bilingual virtual-assistant.
She can guide users in searching for information and answer specific questions.
She instantly answers immigration service questions and helps users navigate the web page.
Emma is designed to answer questions without the use of legal terminology, making it more straightforward for users to understand.
Emma is fluent in English and Spanish and types out answers to questions.
To chat with Emma, click on the link that says “Need Help? Ask Emma” tab at the upper right-hand corner of the page.
You can ask Emma questions on your computer or cell phone.
Waiting to find out the decision of your immigration application can be a stressful process.
The stakes are incredibly high, and it is difficult to wait to receive news about your status.
Thankfully, the USCIS website allows users to quickly check the status of their application, upload documents, and ask questions.
If you are navigating the immigration process, the experienced Miami, Florida immigration attorneys at Canero Immigration Law Firm can help.
Contact us to set up a consultation today.