1) You neglect to submit copy of passport.
This request is included in the instructions that the GPAO will send to you yet it is very easy to overlook.
2) You neglect to obtain signature of sponsor on his/her affidavit.
3) You neglect to sign and date the affidavit.
Be sure that the forms you submit have all of the necessary signatures. Double check your forms before you submit the forms!
4) Account holder indicated on bank statement not being the same person that pledged support.
The GPAO will confirm that the person named on the bank statement is the same person who signs the affidavit pledging support. If there is any mismatch, your financial review will stop and will have to start over.
5) You do not indicate that you have dependents until after the GPAO sends you your form I-20.
If you plan to have any dependents (e.g. spouse, children, etc.) move to the U.S. with you, you must declare any - and all - on the affidavit. If you do not and an I-20 is issued, this will immediately invalidate your I-20 - and cause your process to start all over again.
6) Unacceptable or incomplete homeland addresses.
The GPAO must have a physical address to which you would return. It will not accept post office boxes or current university addresses. (Note: Sometimes parents are employed at and reside at a university housing complex. This sometimes happens in China. In cases like that, the GPAO accepts university addresses. However, it will not accept one from where the student will graduate and likely never return.)
If you avoid doing the six things described above, you will have done everything that you can do to expedite your admission letter being issued. If you have any questions on the process described above, please contact the GPAO at firstname.lastname@example.org or +1-614-292-9444.
We look forward to seeing you on campus soon!