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17 Nov 2020

Form i-485 - Everything you need to know

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Becoming a permanent resident of the United States is a dream come true for many, but this change would require one to have a proper plan due to the difference in the standard and costs of living.
Before being offered permanent residency, the U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) ensures that the temporary resident is well settled and has a proper plan ahead (through an interview).

To become a resident of the United States, applicants must fill a form known as the I-485 form.
With the I-485 form, immigrants can apply for a green card through an application process known as the adjustment of status.

Adjustment of status helps applicants living under a non-immigrant visa get their status changed to permanent resident (green card), and this process happens without one needing to leave the United States.

How does the i-485 form help?

The I-485 form helps-

  • Become a Lawful Permanent Resident (Green Card Holder) Through a Job Offer

  • Become a Lawful Permanent Resident (Green Card Holder) through Asylee Status

  • Become a Lawful Permanent Resident (Green Card Holder) through Refugee Status

  • U.S. Citizen Petition for a Preference Relative to Become a Lawful Permanent Resident

  • U.S. Citizen Petition for an Immediate Relative to Become a Lawful Permanent Resident

Where to apply?

Depending on your eligibility criteria, one can fill the Form I-485 here.

Form I-485 Fee-

Adjustment of status fee- If an applicant is filing for an adjustment of status through marriage, the adjustment of status fee would be $535 to file an I-130 petition.

The filing fees in the case of applicants under the age of 14 filing with one of their parent’s I-485s is $950. In case the child is below 14 and is filing for I-485 on their own, the filing fee is $1140.

The filing fee in the case of applicants between the ages of 14 and 78 is $1225 (Application fees of $1140 + Biometric Fees of $85).

Any applicants above the age of 79 will have their biometric fees waived off, meaning they only have to pay $1140.

I-485 Attorney Fee-

While applying for an adjustment of status, applicants are usually recommended to hire an attorney to help prepare the form I-485. Attorneys charge a flat fee of around $1200, and this is especially helpful in complicated cases. Attorneys also help applicants prepare for interviews, which is another perk of hiring an attorney.

One can choose the right attorney by looking up different attorneys in your area, see how much fees they charge, and by going for an initial consultation.

For more information, you can visit U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services website here.

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