What is form G-325A?
This form is one of the most basic necessities in starting your Green Card or U.S. Immigration process. It is the Biographic Information Form (G325A) which gives your personal information to the U.S. government so that they can conduct a background check if they deem necessary.
The form asks for basic information such as name, employment, and residence of the last five years. There are spaces to fill various residences and employers and you are allowed to write in “unknown” if you cannot remember exact dates. However, it is strongly suggested that you do not write “unknown” for too many boxes as that may lead to your form being rejected completely.
The most common use case for Form G-325A is in Green Card Applications through marriage. Both the U.S. Citizen and the non-citizen who is applying for the green card must fill out this form. You must follow G325A instructions to avoid the possibility of rejection during a review.
Who Needs to Fill Form G-325A?
If you are applying for an immigrant visa or for a green card, you will most likely need to fill and submit Form G325A somewhere along the process. This form provides basic background information to the USCIS so that they can perform a background check into applicants for visas and permanent resident statuses. Anytime a visa petition or status adjustment is submitted, the USCIS will look into applicants’ backgrounds again for security purposes.
It is important that all the information provided on Form G-325A and all other government forms are completely accurate. If any detail is found to be inconsistent, inaccurate, or untruthful, applications will be denied and there may be longer term consequences for people applying for visas or immigrant statuses.
2017 Changes to Form G-325A
Form 129F, Petition for Fiance Visa, Form I 130, Petition for an Alien Relative, and Form I 485, Application to Register for Permanent Residents or Adjust Status now no longer require Form G-325A to be completed with these applications. The personal biographic information is now included in the corresponding forms listed above.
This means that individuals who are seeking K-1 Fiance Visas, or Immediate Relative Immigrant Visas will not need a separate form to apply. Please see the links below for the most up to date forms from USCIS:
Individuals who are under the age of 14 or over the age of 79, you are exempt from submitting this form. Download Official USCIS Form G-325A Here
- The File Number refers to your Alien Registration Number (A Number) which was assigned by the USCIS or Department of Homeland Security. If you are a U.S. Citizen, this most likely does not apply to you.
- In sections asking for historical employment and residence, list the most recent item first and the oldest item last.
- Check the date at upper right hand corner of Form G-325A to ensure it has not expired
- Do not get G-325A mixed up with G-325 or G-325C. The other two forms will be specified if they are required when another form requests them.
- Do not forget to sign the document. It will be rejected.
- The fee for filing this form is Free.
Breaking Down Form G-325A
Although the information requested from Form G 325A is pretty rudimentary, it is important that you fill it out carefully and with attention to detail. If you are uncertain about any of the questions that you need to answer, it is best to speak with an immigration lawyer for peace of mind. In order to better understand the form, USCIS Guide has each key part broken down with explanations below:
- Write your full name out clearly and fully
- Do not use initials for names
- Follow the date formatting listed in all forms of mm/dd/yy
- File Number
- A file number is an eight or nine digit number assigned by the Department of Homeland Security during green card or visa applications. If you have not been in contact with them prior, you do not have a File Number.
- Marriage History
- It is important to list any past marriages whether they resulted in divorce or widowhood
- List your last five years of residences in order of most recent to oldest
- List your last five years of work history in order of most recent to oldest
What’s the Difference Between Form G325A and Form G325?
There aren’t clear instructions from USCIS as to who should use which form for biographic information but the “A” in Form G-325A is for the applicant’s use whereas the Form G-325 is for U.S. Citizens who are submitting a petition for the applicant. For example, if you are a U.S. citizen and you are filing a petition for your spouse who is immigrating to the United States with a marriage immigrant visa, you would fill out G-325 for yourself and G-325A for your spouse.
Form G-325A for Deferred Action
The primary use since late 2017 for Form G 325A is for deferred action. Deferred Action is defined by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, or USCIS, as “a discretionary determination to defer a deportation of an individual as an act of prosecutorial discretion”. Deferred action allows non-permanent residence status, non-citizens to lawfully remain in the United States without the USCIS taking steps for removal proceedings of an individual. Recipients who are granted deferred action are not excused or granted amnesty from any previous illegally spent time in the United States.
The example that many immigration lawyers bring up as the reason deferred action is prevalent in the current immigration climate is thanks to John Lennon of the Beatles. He had traveled to the United States in the 1970’s and stayed past his visa had allowed. His lawyer helped him claim a non-priority status which was generally reserved for illegal immigrants in the United States that would face “extreme hardship” such as violence or death if they were to be deported back to their home countries. John Lennon had been convicted of a drug crime in the United Kingdom and was granted the non-priority status with that criminal history.