When you and your family made the choice to make the United States your new home, you most likely did not take the situation lightly. You put a lot of thought into the decision, and sacrificed a great deal of time, effort, and money into making the American Dream your own.
That is why St. Louis immigration attorney Jim Hacking urges you to be diligent when obtaining the necessary documents in order for your U.S. citizenship application to be approved. Nothing is more disheartening than seeing members of a strong, honest family not being able to clearly communicate to the American government why they would be a good asset to the country, just because certain information gets left out of their application.
Although there are different ways to obtain citizenship or legal residency in the United States, with each way requiring a different series of government-mandated forms, there is also a list of documents that are generally required no matter what route you take to become a legal immigrant. The Hacking Law Practice has compiled this list for you, in order for you to be better prepared for compiling your application.
It is important to note, however, that this list is just to be used as a guide and that you still must follow the strict rules as dictated by each individual application. Documents that you may need to produce for you and your family members include:
- Birth certificates for you and your children;
- Copies of your passport;
- Marriage certificate or proof that you are no longer married, such as a divorce decree or death certificate;
- Current and prior year tax returns;
- Documents relating to your mortgage or lease;
- Bank statements;
- Income tax returns;
- Information relating to time served in the military;
- Copies of proof of child support;
- Cancelled checks;
- Passport photos;
- Translations of any of these documents;
- Certified documents relating to any criminal convictions.
These documents are required in addition to the government forms in your application. If gathering this information seems daunting, then contact an experienced St. Louis immigration lawyer to help you.
Attorney Jim Hacking dedicates his practice to helping those who are trying to become come to the U.S. and begin the path to citizenship, which is why he wrote a book, The 10 Biggest Immigration Mistakes People Make. Request your free copy today online or by calling 1-314-961-8200.