The I-485 application process and what you need to know.
Understanding the Application for Adjustment of Status
If you are living in the United States and looking to obtain permanent residency you may be eligible to apply for an adjustment of status. This application, also commonly referred to as the “Green Card application” can be a complex process to navigate. In this blog post, we will provide an overview of the I-485 application process and what you need to know.
What is I-485?
Form I-485 is the application for adjustment of status. The form allows application for permanent residency in the United States as long as there is a family relationship or an employment opportunity. The application process requires the submission of detailed documentation and evidence to support the applicant’s eligibility for a Green Card.
Who is eligible to file I-485?
Here are some of the most common scenarios in which an individual may be eligible to file:
Through a family-based sponsorship: Individuals who have a qualifying relationship with a U.S. citizen or permanent resident may be eligible to apply for a Green Card through family-based sponsorship.
Through an employer sponsorship: Foreign nationals who have a job offer from a U.S. employer may be eligible to apply for a Green Card through employment-based sponsorship.
Refugees may have eligibility to apply for a Green Card through the asylum or refugee program.
What is the I-485 application process?
The I-485 application process can be a complex and time-consuming process, but it typically involves the following steps:
Gather and submit required documents: This includes a completed Form I-485, supporting documentation such as birth certificates and passport copies, and a filing fee.
USCIS will require fingerprints and photos.
USCIS will require an interview.
Receive a decision: After USCIS has reviewed the application and conducted any necessary interviews, they will make a decision on whether to approve or deny the application.
What are the common issues with I-485 application?
There are several common issues that applicants may encounter during the I-485 application process. Here are a few to keep in mind:
Filing errors: Any mistakes or omissions on the application can lead to a denial or delay in processing.
Incomplete documentation: It’s important to submit all required documentation and evidence to support the application.
Criminal history: Applicants with a criminal history may face additional scrutiny and may need to provide additional documentation.
Ineligibility: Not all applicants will be eligible to apply for a Green Card through adjustment of status.
Form I-485 is an important application for those looking to obtain permanent residency in the United States. Overall, the waiting time for EB3 visa is usually long, and you must plan accordingly. The application process can be complex and time-consuming, and it’s important to carefully consider all eligibility requirements and common issues before submitting an application. If you’re unsure about the I-485 application process, consulting with an experienced immigration attorney can provide guidance and support throughout the process.
Applicants are highly recommended to work with an experienced visa consultant such as Dynaxe Capital. Our team can help navigate the process and ensure that your application is completed correctly.