This article was prepared with the assistance of ABIL, the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers, of which Loan Huynh, Fredrikson Immigration Department Chair, is a member.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released filing tips for supporters and beneficiaries of Uniting for Ukraine and for Cubans, Haitians, Nicaraguans and Venezuelans. USCIS said it has received many duplicate filings of Form I-134A, Online Request to be a Supporter and Declaration of Financial Support, and related inquiries. Some potential supporters are filing multiple Forms I-134A for the same beneficiary. "This adds to our workload, which delays processing," USCIS said, noting that potential supporters who wish to support more than one beneficiary must file one Form I-134A for each beneficiary.
USCIS also has been receiving many Forms I-134A with multiple typos and errors, which also slows processing. Common mistakes include misspelling the beneficiary's name, incorrect dates of birth, incorrect passport numbers, and incorrect email addresses.
As of January 6, 2023, potential supporters must use the new Form I-134A, instead of Form I-134, Declaration of Financial Support. Those who filed before January 6 do not need to submit a new form.