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Dear Editor,

In case you wish to send a petition to the INS can you use printed on line forms will it be acceptable? Thanks.


Editor's Note: The following information regarding downloaded forms is taken from the INS site. Forms are also available at

"To obtain a form, either download it directly from the forms download listing or request a copy by telephone or mail. Simply browse the downloadable forms list to find the form (application or petition) you are trying to locate. If it is not available, you may submit a request through Forms By Mail to have it sent to you. The forms that are available for downloading have been approved under the provisions of 8 CFR 299.4. Only approved forms will be accepted by INS. Also, specific guidelines for printing forms as well as the electronic generation of the documents also defined in 8 CFR 299.4 must be followed. Forms that do not comply with these specifications will not be accepted for processing by INS. Currently, the most commonly used benefit applications/petitions are available on this Website. Efforts are underway to add other immigration and naturalization forms to this Website for downloading.

Format Required for Downloading INS Forms:

INS offers our most requested forms in Portable Document Format (pdf). Other forms may be offered in both PDF and PostScript formats. PDF files are printer independent and can easily print a duplicate of the original publication using any graphics printer (i.e., laser, inkjet, or plotter). While PDF files may also be printed on dot matrix printers, they may not be of the quality necessary for INS processing. To read and print a PDF file you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader software installed on your computer. Adobe Systems, Inc. permits the INS and other organizations to offer this software to the public free of charge. You can download the Adobe Acrobat Reader version suitable for your system.

To print a PostScript file, simply copy the file to any PostScript-capable printer.

At this time, INS does not provide form which can be either filled or filed online. We hope to be able to offer such forms in the future."

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