The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has confirmed they have implemented new “Blank Space” criteria for immigration applications. On April 1, 2021, USCIS announced that the following forms will no longer automatically be rejected if you leave a blank space on the immigration form. In October 2019 the Trump administration implemented a policy to automatically reject Forms I-589, I-612, or I-918 if the applicant leaves a blank space.
• Form I-589, Application for Asylum and Withholding of Removal
• Form I-612, Application for Waiver of the Foreign Residence Requirement (under Section 212(e) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, as Amended)
• Form I-918, Petition for U Nonimmigrant Status
USCIS cautions applicants to ensure that they fill out all required fields on their immigration forms:
“applicants should be aware that we may reject these forms, or it might create delays in their case, if the applicant:
• Leaves required spaces blank;
• Fails to respond to questions related to filing requirements; or
• Omits any required initial evidence.”
It is very important for all immigration applicants to ensure that all forms are fully completed and they do not leave a blank space on the immigration form and are submitted on time with any required fees. An incomplete form may lead to case delays or the denial of an immigration application.
We recommend that you consult an experienced immigration attorney for guidance on properly completing any immigration applications. The advice and guidance of an experienced immigration lawyer can save you time, money and stress – and make the difference in whether your citizenship application is approved or denied.
United States immigration laws can be extraordinarily complicated. A small mistake on a naturalization application can lead to years of delays to citizenship and even outright denials and deportation. Your decision to hire an experienced immigration lawyer can save you time, money and stress – and make the difference between your naturalization application being denied or approved. Contact Godoy Law Office at 630-912-0322: our skilled immigration lawyers in Chicago, Lombard and Oak Brook can answer any questions about immigration and guide you through every step of the process.