Jersey City, NJ asked in Immigration Law for New Jersey

Q: Applying for employment-based I485, missing old expired passport from 2013-2023.

I am considering applying for employment-based US permanent residency. I understand that during the I485, the USCIS requires the submittal of all old passports for travel history reference. I do NOT have my passport from 2013-2023. I am a Canadian Citizen. What are the complications that will arise due to this? How do I resolve this situation moving forward?

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Sacramento, CA

A: Not having your old expired passport from 2013-2023 may pose complications during the I485 application process. USCIS requires submission of all old passports to verify your travel history and ensure accuracy in your application. However, missing passports do not necessarily disqualify you from obtaining permanent residency. You can still proceed with your application by providing an explanation for the missing passport and any alternative documentation or evidence of your travel history during that period.

To resolve this situation, you should gather any available documentation that can help establish your travel history during the period when you did not have the passport. This may include copies of visas, entry stamps, flight itineraries, or other official records of your travels. Additionally, you should include a detailed explanation in your application explaining why you do not have the old passport and providing any relevant information about your travel history during that time.

It's essential to be transparent and truthful in your application and to cooperate fully with USCIS requests for additional information or documentation. If necessary, you may also seek guidance from an immigration attorney who can provide assistance in navigating the application process and addressing any concerns or complications related to missing documents. By providing thorough explanations and supporting documentation, you can mitigate any potential issues and increase the likelihood of a successful outcome for your employment-based I485 application.

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