Immigrants usually submit Form G-325A, Biographic information along with their green card or other applications as part of the overall package for review by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS.) USCIS agents use the information on the fingerprinting form as part of the vetting process to make decisions on each individual immigrant case.
As with all immigration forms, the information applicants’ provide must be truthful and complete. “Severe penalties are provided by law for knowingly and willfully falsifying or concealing material fact,” as stated at the bottom of the form. By providing thorough and complete information, USCIS agents more easily verify an applicant’s’ biographic information to expedite its approval.
USCIS instructs immigrants to file the biographic information form only with other applications or petitions. The biographic information form is never submitted as a standalone form, and USCIS doesn’t assess a fee on it.
“We ask for information on this form, and associated evidence, to determine if you have established eligibility for the immigration benefit for which you are filing,” according to the Privacy Act Notice section of the form. “Failure to provide the information, and any requested evidence, may delay a final decision or result in a denial of your immigration benefit.”
With the form, USCIS officials gather relatively straightforward information. Officials want to know applicants’– and their spouses or former spouses– names, dates of birth, country of citizenship and place of residence. In cases of applicants who are currently or formerly married, applicants provide information about the place and date of the marriage ceremony or the date of the divorce decree.
Other information required on the form include a list of applicant residences for the last 5 years as well as the applicant’s employment history for the last 5 years. With each of these, the USCIS application requests the most recent information first with each preceding residence or job listed following.
Applicants round out the form by indicating if the biographic form is filed in conjunction with an application involving Naturalization, Status as Permanent Resident, or other specific purpose. In any of these cases, proper filing gives applicants a more efficient and streamlined process in achieving their desired purpose.