Form I-485 Checklist of Required Documents

Form I-485 Checklist of Required Documents

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Form I-485 Checklist of Required Documents

A complete Adjustment of Status application consists of photocopies of the following documents and forms:

Required document

Description

Form G-1145, E-Notification of Application/Petition Acceptance
  • If you submit this form, USCIS will text or email you the receipt number(s) when your application is registered
  • Check your spam folder for email from USCIS
Signed and dated Form I-485
  • Use the most recent form edition available on the USCIS I-485 page
Signed and dated Forms I-765 and I-131
  • You can file the following applications together with Form I-485:
    • Form I-765 to request an Employment Authorization Document (EAD)
    • Form I-131 to request a travel document (Advance Parole or Refugee Travel Document)
    • There are no additional fees for Form I-765 and I-131 if you paid the Form I-485 filing fees
Signed and dated Form I-864 (Affidavit of Support) Who needs to submit Form I-864:

  • All family-based applicants must submit an Affidavit of Support (Form I-864) signed by their petitioning sponsor
  • Some employment-based applicants only when a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident, or U.S. national relative filed the immigrant visa petition or such relative has a significant ownership interest (5 % or more) in the entity that filed the petition

Each Form I-864 must be supported by the following documents:

Signed and dated Form I-864W (if applicable) Only if you are exempt from the Affidavit of Support (I-864) requirement.

The following applicants are exempt from from the Affidavit of Support requirements:

  • Applicant has earned or can receive credit for 40 quarters of coverage under the Social Security Act (SSA)
  • Applicant is a child who will become a U.S. citizen upon entry under INA section 320
  • Applicant is self-petitioning widow(er) (Form I-360)
  • Self-petitioning VAWA applicant (Violence Against Women Act), Form I-360

Applicants listed above must file Form I-864W instead of Form I-864

Filing fee USCIS I-485 fees will increase on April 1, 2024. Learn more.

  • For applicants age 14-78: $1,225 (biometric fee included)
  • For applicants under 14 and filing together with at least one parent: $750
  • For applicants under 14 and filing separately from a parent: $1,140
  • Applicants age 79 and older: $1,140
  • There’s no additional filing fee for employment authorization (Form I-765) and advance parole (Form I-131)

Acceptable forms of payment:

  • Personal check
  • Cashier’s check
  • Money order
  • Form G-1450 (credit card payment) – keep in mind that your bank may decline the transaction and your Form I-485 might be rejected
Passport-style photographs
  • Two identical color U.S. passport-style photographs of the applicant
  • Add four more photographs if you want to apply for employment authorization and travel documents
  • Write your name and A-number (or date of birth) on the back of each photograph
Form I-130 receipt notice or approval notice (for family-based cases) Only if applying for a family-based green card and Form I-130 was filed earlier or has been already approved:

  • Form I-130 receipt notice
  • Form I-130 approval notice

Concurrent filers are not required to submit Form I-130 receipt notice

Form I-140 receipt notice or approval notice (for employment-based cases) Only if applying for an employment-based green card:

  • Form I-140 receipt notice
  • Form I-140 approval notice

Concurrent filers are not required to submit Form I-140 receipt notice

Form I-129F approval notice (for fiancé(e)s of US citizens) Only if applying as a fiancé(e) of a US citizen:

  • Form I-129F approval notice
Sealed medical form I-693 Medical form I-693 can be filed:

  • At the time of filing Form I-485 (recommended);
  • By mail as response to RFE (Request for Evidence) advising the submission of a medical form;
  • In person at an interview at USCIS local field office (if scheduled)
Government-issued ID with photograph Photocopy of a government-issued ID that has the applicant’s photograph:

  • Passport (even if expired)
  • Driver’s license (front and back)
  • Military ID document (front and back)
  • Foreign ID with photograph (front and back)
Proof of lawful entry
  • Copy of passport page (biometric page with photograph)
  • Copy of nonimmigrant visa 
  • Copy of CBP stamp
  • Form I-94
Birth certificate
  • Copy of applicant’s long-form birth certificate that lists both parents’ names
Proof of lawful nonimmigrant status maintenance 
  • Form I-797 approval notices for all extensions and changes of nonimmigrant status
  • All Form I-94 Arrival/Departure records
  • Form I-20, Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) Student Status – if applicable
  • Form DS-2019, Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) status – if applicable
  • Passport pages(s) with CBP stamp(s)

Note: Immediate relatives of US citizens are not required to provide proof of lawful nonimmigrant status maintenance, only proof of the most recent lawful entry into the U.S.

Proof of relationship to principal applicant Only if filing as a derivative applicant:

  • Marriage certificate for spouses
  • Birth certificates for children
Certified English translation
  • If any supporting documents are in a foreign language, provide certified English translations
  • Attach the photocopy of the original document in foreign language
Form I-485 Supplement J (only for employment-based cases) Only if an employer filed Form I-140 on your behalf:

  • Form I-485, Supplement J, Confirmation of Bona Fide Job Offer or Request for Job Portability under INA Section 204(j) 
Certified police and court records (if applicable) Only if the applicant has criminal records in any country in the world (including the U.S.)

If the applicant was EVER arrested or detained by a law enforcement officer for any reason anywhere in the world (including in the U.S.):

  • An original or certified copy of the complete arrest record; and
  • Either an official statement by the arresting or detaining agency or prosecutor’s office OR an applicable court order that indicates the final disposition of the applicant’s arrest or detention

If the applicant was EVER charged for any reason (even if wasn’t arrested) anywhere in the world (including in the U.S.):

  • An original or certified copy of the complete arrest report; and
  • Certified copies of BOTH the indictment, information, or other formal charging document AND the final disposition of each charge (for example, a dismissal order or acquittal order)

If the applicant was EVER convicted or placed in an alternative sentencing or rehabilitative program (such as probation, drug treatment, deferred adjudication, or community service program) anywhere in the world (including the U.S.):

  • An original or certified copy of the complete arrest report;
  • Certified copies of the following:
    • Indictment;
    • Information; or
    • Other formal charging document
    • Any plea agreement (in the form of a court filing or recording in a hearing transcript)
    • Final disposition for each incident (for example, conviction record, deferred adjudication order, probation order)
  • Either an original or certified copy of the applicant’s probation or parole record showing that the applicant completed the mandated sentence, conditions set for the deferred adjudication, or rehabilitative program OR documentation showing that the applicant completed the alternative sentencing or rehabilitative program

If the applicant EVER had any arrest or conviction vacated, set aside, sealed, expunged, or otherwise removed from the applicant’s record anywhere in the world:

  • An original or certified copy of the complete arrest report; the indictment, information, or other formal charging document; any plea agreement; whether in the form of a court filing or recording in a hearing transcript; and the final disposition for each incident (for example, conviction record, deferred adjudication order, probation order); and
  • A certified copy of the court order vacating, setting aside, sealing, expunging, or otherwise removing the arrest or conviction
Waiver of Inadmissibility (only if applicable) If the applicant is inadmissible to the U.S. on one or more grounds:

  • Form I-601, Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility
  • Form I-212, Application for Permission to Reapply for Admission into the United States After Deportation or Removal
  • Form I-602, Application by Refugee for Waiver of Grounds of Excludability (for refugee and asylee applicants)
J-1/J-2 Exchange Visitor Documentation (if applicable) Only if the applicant has ever held or currently holds J-1 (principal) or J-2 (dependent) status:

  • All Forms DS-2019
  • Copies of all J-1 or J-2 visas 
  • Copies of all I-94 record
  • Copies of all passport pages with CBP stamps 

Only if the applicant was subject to the 2-year foreign residence requirement:

  • Documentation to show that the applicant has completed with the foreign residence requirement (proof that the applicant resided in the home country for at least 2 years since the exchange program ended);
  • Have been granted a waiver (Form I-612) of the requirement before filing Form I-485; or
  • Were issued a favorable waiver recommendation letter from the US Department of State before filing Form I-485
Waiver of Diplomatic Rights, Privileges, Exemptions and Immunities (if applicable) Only if the applicant currently holds A, G, or E nonimmigrant status:

  • Form I-508, Application for Waiver of Rights, Privileges, Exemptions and Immunities;
  • Form I-566, Interagency Record of Request (only if the applicant currently holds A, G, or NATO nonimmigrant status);
  • Form I-508F (for French nationals)

Make a copy of the completed application for your records.

Where to Mail Form I-485 Application

  • USCIS requires the Adjustment of Status application and supporting documents to be submitted by mail with one of four USCIS lockboxes
  • The lockbox address depends on the applicant’s state of residence
  • To find the correct mailing address, check the USCIS Form I-485 Filing Addresses page
  • Find your category and your state of residence
  • If you will be using USPS to mail your application, choose “U.S. Postal Service (USPS)” address
  • If you will be using FedEx, UPS, or DHL to mail your application, choose “FedEx, UPS, and DHL deliveries”

We recommend obtaining a tracking number for your package, so you can track the status of the delivery. 

USCIS typically takes anywhere between 1 week to 1 month to register your Adjustment of Status application depending on the category.

Approximately 1 or 2 months after filing the application, you will receive a biometrics appointment notice from the nearest application support center instructing you to appear for fingerprinting.


Related Links:

Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status

How to fill out Form I-485

Adjustment of Status process

Adjustment of Status for Fiancé(e)s