APPLICATION TO REGISTER PERMANENT RESIDENCE OR ADJUST STATUS FORM I-485

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Use this form to apply for lawful permanent resident status if you are in the United States.

WHO MAY FILE FORM I-485?

The Eligibility Requirements for adjustment of status may vary depending on the immigrant category you are applying under.Family-Based Applicants additional instructionsAsylum/Refugee Status additional instructionsAlien Worker and  Alien Entrepreneur additional instructionsOther categories additional instructions

HOW TO FILL THE FORM I-485?

Answer all questions fully and accurately. If a question does not apply to you (for example, if you have never been married and the question asks, “Provide the name of your current spouse”), type or print “N/A,” unless otherwise directed. If your answer to a question which requires a numeric response is zero or none (for example, “How many children do you have” or “How many times have you departed the United States”), type or print “None,” unless otherwise directed.Read more

DOCUMENT CHECKLIST

Along with a fully completed and signed Form I-485, there is evidence that you must include to be considered for lawful permanent residency or to adjust your status. The USCIS forms and supporting documents that you file as a part of your Adjustment of Status packet can vary significantly based on the basis of your application.

Different people need to attach different backup forms and evidence depending on their individual immigration situations. Generally, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) requires several other forms to be included with Form I-485 at the time of filing. A birth certificate, copy of your passport, photos and a Notice of Action may also be required with your application. Please consult the USCIS website or Zontlaw instructions for additional details.

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Filing Fee:

  • Under 14 and filing with the I-485 application of at least one parent the fees is $750.
  • Age 14 – 78  (Include $85 Biometric Services Fee) the fees is $1,225
  • Age 79 or older (Biometric Services Fee not required)the fees is $1,140 
  • There NO FILLING FEES If Form I-485 based on having been admitted to the United States as a refugee

Marriage Green Card Cost Reed more The filing fee for this petition cannot be waived. NOTE: The filing fee is not refundable, regardless of any action USCIS takes on this petition. DO NOT MAIL CASH. You must submit all fees in the exact amounts.Where To File? Where you file your Form I-485 depends on your eligibility category. Go to the Direct Filing Addresses for Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status page to see where you should file your application.

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I-485 Alien Worker and Alien Entrepreneur additional instructions

I-485 with granted Asylum/Refugee Status additional instructions

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How I can Check my case status

You may check your case status online or call our USCIS Contact Center at 800-375-5283 to check the status of your Form I-485.

What is concurrent filing?

Not long time ago USCIS’s, implemented a new rule allowing the filing of an I-485 and a Form I-140 petition at the same time and provided a visa number is availablity at the time of filing. Concurrent filing associated with EB-1and EB-2 beneficiaries.

How long will I have to wait for approve my application?

Once you file your Application for Adjustment of Status on Form I-485, the length of time it will take depends upon the current processing time and that can vary depending upon your location. It depends on whether your Green card application is employment-based or family-based or other immigration category. Employment-based adjustments can take anywhere from six months to two years to be approved. Family-based, it could take at least 12-18 months or longer before your I-485 application could be adjudicated.  

Can I leave the country while my adjustment is pending?

Yes, but only if you have received advance parole (referred as a travel document). Once you eligible to apply for an adjustment of status, You can apply for advance parole with form I-131 at the same. Once their travel documents are approved, even with pending adjustment applications, you be able to travel (as long as their adjustments remain pending).

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