You don’t need to use a representative to prepare and submit an immigration or citizenship application. You can get all the forms and instructions you need to apply for a visa, a permit or citizenship for free on this website. If you follow the instructions, you should be able to fill out the forms and submit them without the help of a representative.
If you use an immigration and citizenship representative:
- Choose whether you want to use an authorized paid or unpaid representative, and
- Give us your representative’s name and contact information. To do that, you must have them sign the use of representative form and submit it with your application. You must submit this form even if your representative is uncompensated. If your representative says you don’t have to give us their information, they're wrong.
This information doesn't apply to passport applications.
Add a representative to your immigration or citizenship file
To add or appoint a representative to your application:
- If you're hiring a paid representative, find out if your representative is authorized.
- Complete a Use of a Representative form and have your representative sign it.
Note: Don’t submit this form for passport applications.
- To get help filling out the representative form, see
- If your representative filled out the form for you, make sure the information is accurate. Beware of representatives who write on the form that they're unpaid representatives and then later charge you a fee or ask for compensation.
- If you have not yet applied: include the form in your application package and send it to the address listed in your application instruction guide.
- If you have already applied: Send us the form electronically through this Web form.
Change or cancel your representative
You can change or cancel your representative at any time.
To do that:
- Complete a Use of a Representative form. Note: Don't submit this form for passport applications.
- Send it to us electronically through this Web form.
Beware of fraud
Beware of representatives who:
- Advertise their services as free and later ask you to pay a fee.
- Encourage you to lie on your application. It's against the law to give false or misleading information in your application. You're responsible for all the information in your application even if your representative completes it for you.
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