Answer using the right Vocabulary
Learn the power of N/A and NONE
‘N/A’ is a way to remind you that the question does not apply to you. It makes a USCIS Form easier to read.
‘NONE’ is an active way to say ‘No’ (or zero).
- Does the applicant have an Alien Number?
‘N/A’ should not be used here. USCIS may view it as an attempt to avoid answering the question without explicitly lying.
- Leaving the fields blank creates an ambiguity. Did you forget to answer a question or was this on purpose?
Example: Do not leave empty ‘Other Names’ questions. Be sure to enter NONE.
Leave no question behind
When you do not know the answer to a question, just skip it and move to the next one. Never enter ‘fake’ placeholder information in your Forms. You are highly likely to leave some of that information in.
When you do not know one of the answers in a section, consider skipping the entire section. You can return to it when you are ready.
5-year histories are tricky, especially with paper forms.
For Employment, add an ‘Unemployed’ entry to avoid gaps longer than a week.
Make sure to take a moment to reflect on the information you should have.
Obviously do not forget key information associated with your situation.