With the long overdue process of normalizing the United States’ immigration system dragging on, there seems to be no end to the questions and weird scenarios which arise from the current system. An example is many potential immigrants dismay which they experience when they fill out more than one DS-160 non-immigrant application form. This form may be completed more than once due to the applicant receiving additional information or losing the tracking code. Despite rumors to the contrary, filling out more than one DS-160 should not negatively affect the applicant’s application, as the reviewer will generally only review the one form which is presented at the interview. Similarly, inaccurate information about a family member should not prevent them from being approved for a visa. These kinds of uncertainties reaffirm the need for the public’s access to quality immigration attorney.
Recently a concerned immigrant noticed that he had made a mistake when filling out his own immigrant application. Thinking that his mother had been born in the African nation of Sierra Leone, he entered this information as his mother’s birthplace on his visa application. He later learned that his mother was not born in Sierra Leone, but had been born in Nigeria. This mistake caused him to fret that his mother’s visa application could be negatively affected in the case that the interviewer became aware of the discrepancy.
In this case the stakes are high. As the questioner is a U.S. citizen aged 21 or over, his mother should automatically qualify for a visa, no matter where she was born. But he worries that the difference between his answer and the facts may prevent her from taking advantage of this opportunity. These kinds of mistakes are relatively common, and should not prevent the questioner’s mother from coming to the United States under an immigrant visa. The questioner was not conferred any kind of benefit by having listed his mother’s birthplace as Sierra Leone instead of Nigeria. But, despite these facts, he is recommended to have his mother well prepared to answer for the discrepancy, should she be questioned about it at her interview.
These kinds of questions can be confusing due to the murky status of some U.S. immigration laws and procedures. This questioner was right to seek advice regarding the situation, even though it turned out that there is not much to worry about. Still, the immigration system in this country can be complicated. If you, or anyone you know, are looking for help with an immigration issue, contact the Austin immigration attorney at Lyttle Law Firm at 512-215-5225.