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The Complete Guide to Form G325a
Do you need to file an immigrant petition and are confused about form G-325a? Are you not sure what this form means and if you should file it? This article will answer all of your questions about form G-325a.
What Is Form G-325a?
For starters, Form G-325a is an important USCIS form that is used to collect biographical information of the applicant. However, it is used just as a supplemental form in special cases, depending on the immigration benefit being applying for.
The USCIS previously used form G-325a to have a quick look at the background of the petitioner or the applicant. Since the form only aims to collect basic information, this form is relatively easy to fill out.
The form asks questions related to your name, date of birth, citizenship, city, country of birth, U.S. Social Security number, etc. There might be instances where you don’t remember the exact dates or years, in such cases, you can write “unknown.” However, it is necessary to provide as much information as possible to prevent rejection.
Form G325a Is No Longer Required
Here is the catch. Form G-325a is no longer in use. It was required only in certain cases in the first place, and this form is completely out of use now. Form G-325a was discontinued in early 2017 and is now replaced with other forms.
Replacements for Form G-325a
Since form G-325a is no longer in use, the biographical information that was required to be collected through G-325a is now collected with the help of the following forms:
If you want to bring your children and fiancé to the U.S. so you can marry her/him in the U.S., you no longer need to submit G-325a, form I-129F serves the same purpose now.
Since early 2017, form G-325a is replaced by form I-130 if you are petitioning for an alien relative. As the spouse of the applicant, you need to file a petition by submitting form I-130 which provides the supplemental information for a spouse beneficiary.
Additionally, the petitioner must also submit form I-130A along with form I-130 for providing the beneficiary information. Thus, the petitioner who is also a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. is not required to submit this form.
Form I-485 is yet another replacement to form G-325a. Essentially, this form is an application to register for permanent residence in the U.S. and to change the immigration status. This form is used by an individual who is currently living in the United States and wants to change their status lawfully.
Form G-325a Frequently Asked Questions
We understand that might be a bit of confusion after form G-325a got discontinued. Therefore, we are here with the answers to some of the questions you might have:
Do I need to submit form G-325a with the I-130 petition?
No, it is not necessary to submit form G-325a with an I-130 petition. Although form G-325a was previously required when filing form I-130 on behalf of a spouse, it is no longer needed after the USCIS discontinued its use in early 2017.
How much does form G-325a cost to file?
Form G-325a was filed for free. The USCIS did not charge any fees for filing form G-325a.
Where do I file form G-325a?
Like various other immigrant forms, form G-325a can be downloaded from here. You can fill out and include this form as instructed in your immigrant petition and follow the instructions mentioned.
However, do not forget to sign the form, unsigned forms are rejected and returned.
The Wrap Up
Although form G-325a was easy to file, keeping in mind the inconvenience that the form provides to the applicant, the USCIS has discontinued the use of this form. As previously mentioned, this form is replaced by three other forms—I-129F, I-130, and I-485—which serve the same purpose.