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What is Form G-325A?

Form G-325A is a biographic information form used to submit required information to the U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Department (USCIS). This form is generally used by people applying for immigrant visa and permanent resident status. The form asks for basic information such as name, date of birth, address, education, etc. This form can be filled easily online or it can be printed and mailed. Like a background verification document, it records the biographic information that will confirm the history or background of an individual. The biographic information provides an easy reference for the visa officer to assess basic information. Providing truthful and complete information will go a long way in helping the visa procedure carry on smoothly with minimum concerns. Here is a link to access the Form:

http://uscis.gov/graphics/formsfee/forms/g-325a.html

How many questions are on the form?

There are approximately 11 questions that are mostly self-explanatory. Most of the questions are about past dates and situations during your life. There may be times that you cannot remember a specific date or location, just enter the information that you can remember. In a few situations, it is fine to list “unknown”. However, it is important to list as many details as you can, as USCIS could return your application for lack of information.

  • Lines 1 and 2 (Family Name, etc.):Enter your "File Number" or "A#,". This would be an eight or nine-digit number starting with the letter A that the Department of Homeland Security assigned to you specifically. This number is most likely connected with a green card application. If you do not have this number, you can leave this area blank.
  • Line 3 (Father/Mother): Self-explanatory. List your father and mothers name.
  • Line 4 (Current Husband or Wife): Self-explanatory.
  • Line 5 (Former Husbands or Wives): Self-explanatory.
  • Line 7 (Applicant’s residence last five years): It is important to list the most recent address first, then list the last five years in chronological order.
  • Line 12 (Applicant’s last address outside the United States of more than one year): This may overlap with one of the addresses in Line 6 -- that’s okay.
  • Line 13 (Applicant’s employment last five years): It is important to list the most recent employment first, then list the last five years in chronological order. Make sure to list anytime that you were unemployed. Do not leave any areas blank or unaccounted for even if you are an immigrant who’s been working illegally in the United States, name your employers.
  • Line 14 (Over Seas Occupation): If you worked overseas, this information will go here as long as you did not list it in the previous line.
  • Line 19 (This form is submitted in connection with application for):If submitting with Form N-400 check "naturalization". If you are submitting it with Form I-485; check "Status as permanent resident" and check "Other" for any other form or status.
  • Line 20 (If your native alphabet uses non-Roman letters): This would apply any native language that is not written using the same English language alphabet.
  • Line 21 (The dark-outlined box): Self-explanatory. If you don’t have an A-number, you can leave this area blank.

Who is required to fill out the form?

Just about everyone that applies for a green card or immigration visa for permanent residence will fill out Form G-325A. Depending on the type of green card or visa that is applied, determines when Form G 325A is filed. For example, for marriage green card applicants the form is filed along with the I-130 visa petition at the beginning of the filing process where others are at the end of the process.

What is the difference between Form G-325 or the G-325A?

For the most part there is no difference. Form G-325 is for the petitioner to fill out. Where G-325A is for the spouse or beneficiary applicant.

How to correct a mistake made on Forms I-130, G-325A, and I-485?

A letter can be mailed to the same address the forms were sent to, informing the authorities of the mistake. Including a copy of the I-130 and I-485 receipts (once received) would be helpful. At the time of interview, the mistake can be pointed out again to the interviewer or officer so the correct details can be recorded, if they haven’t already been.

Who is the petitioner and beneficiary?

The petitioner is usually the United States citizen. The beneficiary is the person trying to enter or obtain legal status in the United States. Form G-325A needs to be filed by each party, with their respective information and signatures. Meaning there will be a form for each to file.

What is needed for marriage-based applications?

Submit Form G-325A along with a Petition for Alien Fiancé, Form I-129, or Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative if filing for a spouse. If a spouse is filing Form I-130, both the U.S. petitioner and the foreign spouse must file separate G-325A Forms.

What address details need to be included in the G-325A form?

A person will need to list their current or present address first, even if they are not a resident themselves but married to one and living with them. Then the previous addresses for the last five years need to be included regardless of whether the addresses were in the United States or abroad.

When sending duplicates of Form G-325A, do both need to be original?

When an applicant submits Form G-325A, he or she will send one original and one copy. However, the signature of applicant needs to be an original signature on both forms. It is best to use a blue ink pen so the signature is visible and viewed as authentic by the visa officer reviewing the document.

Will the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) contact previous employers?

In most cases, the USCIS does not verify with past employers, but this should not be a reason to avoid mentioning unauthorized employment. It is safer to provide the information than to lie. It should be noted that if the application is based on an employment-related visa, the information may lead to further deliberation. 180 days or more of unlawful employment may create complications. If the visa is family based, mentioning the unlawful employment is sensible. In most cases, the employer should not be penalized for providing illegal employment and the form will have information, which is the major requirement.

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