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

Purpose of Form

To apply to adjust your status to that of a permanent resident of the United States.

Number of Pages

Form 6; Instructions 8; Supplement C 3; Supplement E 5

Edition Date

10/05/15. You may also file using these previous editions: 06/20/13; 01/18/11, 11/23/10, 11/08/10; 7/15/10; 12/03/09.

Where to File

Where you file your Form I-485 depends on the eligibility category under which you are filing. Please review the Direct Filing Addresses for Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status page for the most current guidance on where to file your application. If you are filing at a lockbox, important filing tips, as well as additional information on fees and customer service, are listed on our Lockbox Filing Tips webpage.

E-Notification: If you want to receive an e-mail and/or a text message that your Form I-485 has been accepted at a USCIS Lockbox facility, complete Form G-1145, E-Notification of Application/Petition Acceptance and clip it to the first page of your application. You can download the G-1145 through the link above.

Additional Information for Completing Your Form:

If you submit Form I-485 on paper: Be sure to sign the form at Part 5, Signature. The fillable version of Form I-485 now includes “Don’t forget to sign!” messages and an arrow pointing to the signature box as reminders for when you print the completed form for mailing. USCIS rejects any unsigned Form I-485. Having to return it to you for a signature will delay processing of your application.

Filing Fee

See the form instructions and Special Instructions for payment details. You must make your check payable to Department of Homeland Security.

Special Instructions

See the table below to determine your filing fee:

I am…

Form Fee

Biometric
Services Fee

Total

Under 14 and filing with the I-485
application of at least one parent

$635

$0

$635

Under 14 and not filing with the I-485
application of at least one parent

$985

$0

$985

Age 14 – 78

$985

$85

$1,070

Age 79 or older

$985

$0

$985

Filing Form I-485 based on having been
admitted to the United States as a refugee

$0

$0

$0

Filing as a refugee under section 209(a)
of the INA

$0

$0

$0

If you are a dependent spouse or child of a principal applicant who obtained lawful permanent resident status under HRIFA, refer to Supplement C for additional instructions. The filing period for principal HRIFA applicants has closed.

If you are a T nonimmigrant (victim of a severe form of trafficking in persons) or a U nonimmigrant (victim of certain qualifying criminal activities), refer to Supplement E for additional instructions.

Filing Forms I-765 and I-131 with Form I-485

Please note that, if you file Form I-485 to adjust your status as a permanent resident on or after July 30, 2007, no additional fee is required to also file an application for employment authorization on Form I-765 and/or advance parole on Form I-131. You may file these forms together. If you choose instead to file Form I-765 and/or Form I-131 separately after July 30, 2007, you must also submit a copy of your I-797C, Notice of Action, receipt as evidence of that you filed a Form I-485.

If you filed your Form I-485 before July 30, 2007, you must pay the fees associated with Forms I-765 and/or I-131 when you file them.

Which Box to Check in Part 2 of Form I-485

Before filing a Form I-485 based on a family-sponsored or employment-based preference category, check the USCIS Web page about the Visa Bulletin to see if your priority date makes you eligible to apply. If your priority date is earlier than the applicable date listed in the Visa Bulletin chart on that page, then:

  • Check box “a” in Part 2 of Form I-485 if you are the principal I-485 applicant; or
  • Check box “b” in Part 2 of Form I-485 if you are the derivative spouse or child of the I-485 principal applicant.

For more information on the Visa Bulletin or the charts, please go to the Visa Availability and Priority Dates page and the Adjustment of Status Filing Charts from the Visa Bulletin page.

Premium Processing

Form I-485 and Form I-140 may be filed together at the USCIS Dallas Lockbox facility.

If you are requesting Premium Processing for Form I-140, you must also file Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service. Refer to the Direct Filing Addresses for Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker if you want to file Forms I-485, I-140, and I-907 together. Do NOT file Form I-907 at a USCIS Lockbox facility.

Petitioners filing Form I-485 based on a pending or approved Form I-140, should file their application at the USCIS Phoenix or Dallas Lockbox facility.

Read the Department of State’s Visa Bulletin “Employment-Based Preferences” to ensure your priority date is current before you file your application.

This page can be found at https://www.uscis.gov/i-485

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