i 485 status
We are almost done! Whew. Finally. Now, lets process the i-485 Adjustment of Status (AOS). Hopefully, I will receive my permanent resident card in a month or two. I have listed everything that I have filed while preparing the papers.
1. Form I 485 Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status. This is the main application form that must be submitted along with other documentation for your Adjustment of Status evidence. I 485 has instructions to help file it properly: http://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/files/form/i-485instr.pdf. You may also file the form G-1145, the e-Notification of Application that will allow you to receive a notification when USCIS starts to process the application. Complete your information and attach the form as the first page of your package to be notified via email or text message by USCIS as soon as they receive your application. The filing fee for I-485 is $985 and additional $85 for biometrics fee.(total of $ 1070, NOT cheap)
Other documents that are required along with i485 this are:
- NBI Clearance. This form shows the status of your criminal record (if any) back in your home country. You may also submit any documents like police clearance, court certified copy, court parole order, official statements to clarify your previous criminal history.
- Birth Certificate. You might be asked for the original copy during your local USCIS interview .
- Copy of Non-Immigrant visa page. If you have obtained a non immigrant visa from a US embassy abroad or consulate, make a copy of your passport page.(Include the US entry stamps.)
- Copy of passport page. It is the front page that shows the biographical information.
- 2 pcs colored Passport style photos. Your passport photo must be as recent as 30 days when filing the AOS. The photos must be in white background and not fabricated or retouched. You cannot have any head gear unless required by religious tradition. Print your name lightly and alien number if any at the back of the photos. Photos must be placed in a small plastic bag.
- Vaccination supplement. The vaccination paper is given after you pass the medical examination at St Lukes’s Extension Clinic.
- Form G-325 A Biographic Information. For fiancee/fiances, do not use the previous G 325 A copy you used when filing for I-129 F because when you marry your husband because your last name changes after marriage. Also, when you get to the United States your address changes. All of this changes your G-325.
- Form I-864 Affidavit of Support. This form must be filled out by your husband or wife with a signature.
- Evidence of Eligibility. Submit a copy of petition of approval notice, marriage certificate and form I-94 . Form I-94 shows some personal info of you and your record of entry in the United States.
- Form I-765 Application for Employment Authorization (optional). If you plan to apply a job in the near future, you will need to submit this form. It is optional and not necessarily needs to be sent with your AOS package. However, it can save your time to do it all at once. It is free and do not require additional payment if you are filing for I-485. See instruction here.
- Form I-131 Application for Travel Document. This application is also called a re-entry permit that allows you to travel outside the United States without stopping your entry when you return. The re-entry permit is valid for 2 years from the date of issuance.See instruction here.
After submission of papers, USCIS will send a mail regarding Biometric services. People between the ages of 14-79 must be fingerprinted. USCIS will notify you via mail for the time and location for your fingerprinting. Failure to do so may cause denial of your application.
How do pay your AOS package?
1. Write a money order or personal check which is payable in US currency only. The check must be only from banks, or financial institutions within the United States.
2. The check is payable to – U.S. Department of Homeland Security . Do not use initials.
Where to file your AOS package for K-1 Fiancé(e) (and K-2 dependents) whose Form I-485 is based on an approved Form I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiancé(e) ?
USCIS Chicago Lockbox
For U.S. Postal Service (USPS) deliveries:
PO Box 805887
Chicago, IL 60680-4120
For Express mail and courier deliveries:
131 South Dearborn – 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60603-5517
In case you change your address, you have to inform USCIS. http://www.uscis.gov/addresschange or call USCIS National Customer Service Center 1-800-375-5283
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