Template Cover Letter for USCIS Immigration Filings

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A Cover Letter has two (2) benefits. First, it is a nice document for a USCIS Officer to receive when they open a packet. It allows the officer to quickly see a snapshot of the filing. Second, the Cover Letter forces the filer to review what they are sending. If Anything important is missing, it is more evident than in a stack of papers 300 to 500 pages thick.

Evidence is “VERY IMPORTANT” for every Immigration Filing. To see our template checklist, please visit our Immigration Checklist: https://www.fickeymartinezlaw.com/immigration-checklist/ 

Common Questions:

Where can I confirm Immigration Fees?

USCIS Offers the following USCIS Immigration Fee Tool to assist in providing USCIS the proper filing fee: https://www.uscis.gov/feecalculator

Additionally, USCIS.gov also states the fee for each USCIS Form.

Where can I confirm the USCIS Mailing Address?

USCIS.gov is the ONLY place you should confirm/receive the USCIS Mailing Address.

Are the I-765 and I-131 free with an I-485?

Yes. The Employment Authorization and Advance Parole/Travel Document are free when filed with an I-485 Adjustment of Status Filing.

Do I need Passport Photos for the filing?

Yes, most Green Card related filings require passport-style photos, or they are highly recommended. When in doubt, add them to the filing.

Are Copies of Documents ok?

Yes, copies of all documents are acceptable, as long as the copy is a nice color scan. The only time to provide original documents is when they are specifically requested by USCIS, and when submitting Certified Copies of Court, Police, and Prison Records.

What type of documents should I attach with a filing?

Please check out our Immigration Checklist for general guidance based on our filing Case Type: https://www.fickeymartinezlaw.com/immigration-checklist/

Below are common Cover Letter Layouts:

Adjustment of Status Cover Letter Template:

[Date]

 

[USCIS Filing Address]
Note: this info is up-to-date at USCIS.gov

 

Sent Via USPS Priority Mail

Regarding: [I-485 Adjustment of Status Application concurrently filed with I-130 Petition]

Petitioner: [NAME]
A#: [If Any]
Beneficiary: [NAME]
A#: [If Any]

 

Dear USCIS Officer:

Enclosed please find the following documents in support of this immigration matter:

  1. I-693 Immigration Medical Exam (Sealed)
  2. Form I-130 Packet (Petition for Alien Relative)
    – Cashier Check in the amount of $550
    – Form G-1145
    – Form I-130
    – Form I-130A (Spousal Based Filing Addition)
    – Passport Styled Photo of the Petitioner
    – Passport Styled Photo of the Beneficiary
    – Petitioner’s United States Birth Certificate
    – Petitioner’s United States Passport
    – Petitioner’s Social Security Card
    – Petitioner’s Valid, Unexpired Drivers License
    – Petitioner’s Military ID
    – Petitioner’s RED Report
    – Petitioner’s BIR
    – Petitioner’s Chronological Record or SRB
    – Petitioner’s Current Orders
    – Petitioner’s Divorce Decree for First Marriage with: [NAME]
    – Petitioner’s Divorce Decree for Second Marriage with: [NAME]
    – Petitioner’s and Beneficiary’s Marriage Certificate
    – Beneficiary’s Foreign Birth Certificate with English Translation
    – Beneficiary’s Foreign Passport
    – Beneficiary’s US Visa(s)
    – Beneficiary’s I-94 Lawful Entry Record
    – Beneficiary’s Military Dependent ID
    – Beneficiary’s Divorce Decree for First Marriage with: [NAME]
    – Joint Residential Lease
    – Joint Plane Tickets from recent trip
    – Joint Car Insurance naming spouse as a non-driver
    – Amazon Order History showing both spouses receiving packages at the marital home
    – Joint Photos (100 pages)
    – Joint Records to prove communication (200 pages)
  3. Form I-485 Packet (Adjustment of Status Application)
    – Cashier Check in the amount of $1160
    – Form G-1145
    – Form I-485
    – Petitioner’s and Beneficiary’s Marriage Certificate
    – Beneficiary’s Foreign Birth Certificate with English Translation
    – Beneficiary’s Foreign Passport
    – Beneficiary’s US Visa(s)
    – Beneficiary’s I-94 Lawful Entry Record
    – Beneficiary’s Military Dependent ID
  4. Form I-944 Packet (Declaration of Self -Sufficiency)
    – Form G-1145
    – Form I-944
    – Petitioner’s and Beneficiary’s Marriage Certificate
    – Beneficiary’s Foreign Birth Certificate with English Translation
    – Beneficiary’s Foreign Passport
    – Beneficiary’s US Visa(s)
    – Beneficiary’s I-94 Lawful Entry Record
    – Beneficiary’s Military Dependent ID
    – Beneficiary’s Credit Report from Experian
    – Beneficiary’s Bank Statements for every account for the past 12 months
    – Beneficiary’s TRICARE Dental Program Enrollment Letter
    – Beneficiary’s TRICARE Health Insurance Enrollment Letter
    – Beneficiary’s Paystubs for the past 12 months
    – Joint TRICARE Health Insurance Effective Date Letter
    – Petitioner’s W-2 for past most recent year
    – Petitioner’s IRS Transcripts for past 3 years
    – Petitioner’s 1040 Tax Return for past 3 years
    – Petitioner’s LES for the past 12 months
    – Petitioner’s Credit Report
    – Petitioner’s Best Buy Credit Card Statement
    – Petitioner’s Wells Fargo Mortgage Statement
  5. Form I-864 Packet (Affidavit of Support)
    – Form G-1145
    – Form I-864
    – Petitioner and Beneficiary’s Marriage Certificate
    – Petitioner’s United States Birth Certificate
    – Petitioner’s Social Security Card
    – Petitioner’s NC Valid Driver License
    – Petitioner’s Military ID Card
    – Petitioner’s Current Orders
    – Petitioner’s W-2’s for the most recent year
    – Petitioner’s IRS Transcripts for past 3 years
    – Petitioner’s 1040 Tax Return for past 3 years
    – Petitioner’s LES for the past 12 months
  6. Form I-765 Packet (Employment Authorization Document)
    Form G-1145
    – Form I-765
    – Beneficiary’s I-94 Lawful Entry Record
    – Beneficiary’s Foreign Birth Certificate with English translation
    – Beneficiary’s Foreign Passport
    – Beneficiary’s US Visa(s)
    – Beneficiary’s Military ID Card
    – Petitioner and Beneficiary’s Marriage Certificate
  7. Form I-131 Packet (Advanced Parole)
    Form G-1145
    – Form I-765
    – Beneficiary’s I-94 Lawful Entry Record
    – Beneficiary’s Foreign Birth Certificate with English translation
    – Beneficiary’s Foreign Passport
    – Beneficiary’s US Visa(s)
    – Beneficiary’s Military ID Card
    – Petitioner and Beneficiary’s Marriage Certificate

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Respectfully,

_____________________________________________
[NAME]

K-1 Fiance Adjustment of Status Cover Letter Template:

[Date]

 

[USCIS Filing Address]
Note: this info is up-to-date at USCIS.gov

 

Sent Via USPS Priority Mail

Regarding: [I-485 Adjustment of Status Application filed with Approved I-129F and Marriage within 90 days of entry]

Petitioner: [NAME]
A#: [If Any]
Beneficiary: [NAME]
A#: [If Any]

 

Dear USCIS Officer:

Enclosed please find the following documents in support of this immigration matter:

  1. I-129F Approval Notice
  2. Marriage Certificate for marriage that occurred within 90 days of entry
  3. K-1 Fiance Visa
  4. I-94 Lawful Entry Record
  5. Petition and Beneficiary Passport-Style Photos
  6. Form I-485 Packet (Adjustment of Status Application)
    – Cashier Check in the amount of $1160
    – Form G-1145
    – Form I-485
    – Petitioner’s and Beneficiary’s Marriage Certificate
    – Beneficiary’s Foreign Birth Certificate with English Translation
    – Beneficiary’s Foreign Passport
    – Beneficiary’s US Visa(s)
    – Beneficiary’s I-94 Lawful Entry Record
    – Beneficiary’s Military Dependent ID
    – Amazon Order History showing both spouses receiving packages at the marital home
    – Recent Photos during and after marriage
  7. Form I-944 Packet (Declaration of Self -Sufficiency)
    – Form G-1145
    – Form I-944
    – Petitioner’s and Beneficiary’s Marriage Certificate
    – Beneficiary’s Foreign Birth Certificate with English Translation
    – Beneficiary’s Foreign Passport
    – Beneficiary’s US Visa(s)
    – Beneficiary’s I-94 Lawful Entry Record
    – Beneficiary’s Military Dependent ID
    – Beneficiary’s Credit Report from Experian
    – Beneficiary’s Bank Statements for every account for the past 12 months
    – Beneficiary’s TRICARE Dental Program Enrollment Letter
    – Beneficiary’s TRICARE Health Insurance Enrollment Letter
    – Beneficiary’s Paystubs for the past 12 months
    – Joint TRICARE Health Insurance Effective Date Letter
    – Petitioner’s W-2 for past most recent year
    – Petitioner’s IRS Transcripts for past 3 years
    – Petitioner’s 1040 Tax Return for past 3 years
    – Petitioner’s LES for the past 12 months
    – Petitioner’s Credit Report
    – Petitioner’s Best Buy Credit Card Statement
    – Petitioner’s Wells Fargo Mortgage Statement
  8. Form I-864 Packet (Affidavit of Support)
    – Form G-1145
    – Form I-864
    – Petitioner and Beneficiary’s Marriage Certificate
    – Petitioner’s United States Birth Certificate
    – Petitioner’s Social Security Card
    – Petitioner’s NC Valid Driver License
    – Petitioner’s Military ID Card
    – Petitioner’s Current Orders
    – Petitioner’s W-2’s for the most recent year
    – Petitioner’s IRS Transcripts for past 3 years
    – Petitioner’s 1040 Tax Return for past 3 years
    – Petitioner’s LES for the past 12 months
  9. Form I-765 Packet (Employment Authorization Document)
    Form G-1145
    – Form I-765
    – Beneficiary’s I-94 Lawful Entry Record
    – Beneficiary’s Foreign Birth Certificate with English translation
    – Beneficiary’s Foreign Passport
    – Beneficiary’s US Visa(s)
    – Beneficiary’s Military ID Card
    – Petitioner and Beneficiary’s Marriage Certificate
  10. Form I-131 Packet (Advanced Parole)
    Form G-1145
    – Form I-765
    – Beneficiary’s I-94 Lawful Entry Record
    – Beneficiary’s Foreign Birth Certificate with English translation
    – Beneficiary’s Foreign Passport
    – Beneficiary’s US Visa(s)
    – Beneficiary’s Military ID Card
    – Petitioner and Beneficiary’s Marriage Certificate

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Respectfully,

_____________________________________________
[NAME]

I-129F Fiance Petition Cover Letter Template:

[Date]

 

[USCIS Filing Address]
Note: this info is up-to-date at USCIS.gov

 

Sent Via USPS Priority Mail

Regarding: [I-129F Petition for Foreign Fiance]

Petitioner: [NAME]
A#: [If Any]
Beneficiary: [NAME]
A#: [If Any]

 

Dear USCIS Officer:

Enclosed please find the following documents in support of this immigration matter:

  1. Petition and Beneficiary Passport-Style Photos
  2. Form I-129F Packet (Petition for Foreign Fiance)
    – Cashier Check in the amount of $510
    – Form G-1145
    – Form I-129F
    – Petitioner’s Letter of Intent to Marry within 90 days
    – Beneficiary’s Letter of Intent to Marry within 90 days
    – Petitioner’s United States Passport
    – Petitioner’s Social Security Card
    – Petitioner’s Valid, Unexpired Drivers License
    – Petitioner’s Military ID
    – Petitioner’s RED Report
    – Petitioner’s BIR
    – Petitioner’s Chronological Record or SRB
    – Petitioner’s Current Orders
    – Petitioner’s Divorce Decree for First Marriage with: [NAME]
    – Petitioner’s Divorce Decree for Second Marriage with: [NAME]
    – Beneficiary’s Foreign Birth Certificate with English Translation
    – Beneficiary’s Foreign Passport
    – Beneficiary’s US Visa(s)
    – Beneficiary’s I-94 Lawful Entry Record
    – Beneficiary’s Divorce Decree for First Marriage with: [NAME]- Joint Residential Lease
    – Joint Plane Tickets from a recent trip
    – Joint Car Insurance naming spouse as a non-driver
    – Joint Photos (100 pages)
    – Joint Records to prove communication (200 pages)

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Respectfully,

_____________________________________________
[NAME]

 

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