I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status
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What This Form Can Help You Do
07/15/22. You can find the edition date at the bottom of the page on the form and instructions.
Dates are listed in mm/dd/yy format.
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Where you file your Form I-485 depends on your eligibility category. Go to our Direct Filing Addresses for Form I-485 page to see where you should file your application.
Filing Tips: Go to our Form Filing Tips page for information on how to help ensure we will accept your application.
Don’t forget to sign your form. We will reject any unsigned form.
If you file at a USCIS lockbox, you may not receive an A-Number on your Form I-797, Notice of Action, due to a change in our business process. In these cases, we will send your A-Number in a second notice a few days after accepting your application.
Save time by filing Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record, with Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status. We generally consider a completed Form I-693 to retain its evidentiary value for 2 years after the date the civil surgeon signed Form I-693. Effective Dec. 9, 2021, until March 31, 2023, we are temporarily waiving the requirement that the civil surgeon’s signature be dated no more than 60 days before you file your Form I-485.
You are not required to file the Form I-693 at the same time you file Form I-485. While some applicants intend to bring their completed Form I-693 to their interview, some applications may not require an interview. We make decisions to waive interviews on a case-by-case basis.
Filing Form I-485 and Form I-693 at the same time may eliminate the need for us to issue a Request for Evidence to obtain your Form I-693. This may also help avoid adjudication delays if we decide that you do not need to be interviewed.
The filing fee varies. See the chart below for filing fees based on your category.
You may pay the fee with a money order, personal check, or cashier’s check. When filing at a USCIS lockbox, you may also pay by credit card using Form G-1450, Authorization for Credit Card Transactions. If you pay by check, you must make your check payable to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
When you send a payment, you agree to pay for a government service. Filing and biometric service fees are final and non-refundable, regardless of any action we take on your application, petition, or request, or if you withdraw your request. Use our Fee Calculator to help determine your fee.
Read our Paying USCIS Fees page for more details.
If You Are…
Under 14 and filing with the Form I-485
Under 14 and not filing with the Form I-485 application of at least one parent
Age 79 or older
Filing Form I-485 based on having been admitted to the United States as a refugee
Through Sept. 30, 2023, there is no fee to file Form I-485 to adjust status on the basis of classification as an Afghan special immigrant, or for any associated biometric services or to file an associated Form I-601, Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility.
View the checklist of required initial evidence.
Effective July 20, 2022, we transitioned the responsibility to adjudicate Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) petitions filed by Afghans to the U.S. Department of State. Afghans who start the SIV application process on or after July 20, 2022, will seek classification as a special immigrant with Department of State (DOS) by filing Form DS-157 with the application for Chief of Mission (COM) approval. For more information, see instructions on the DOS website on Special Immigrant Visas for Afghans – Who Were Employed by/on Behalf of the U.S. Government.
When filing Form I-485, you must supply evidence of an approved Form I-360 or a copy of the COM approval letter that also indicates approval of your Form DS-157.
Final Rule on Public Charge Ground of Inadmissibility
If you are requesting an extension of stay or change of status, you may be subject to the new public benefit condition. For more information, please see our Public Charge page.
If you are seeking to adjust status under the provisions of section 245(i) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, see Supplement A for additional instructions.
Filing I-485 Supplement J
If you are filing Form I-485 together with a Form I-140 that names you as the principal beneficiary, you do not need to file Supplement J.
However, you must file Supplement J if you are filing Form I-485 based on a previously filed Form I-140 or if you are requesting job portability to a new, permanent job offer under INA section 204(j). Go to our Form I-485, Supplement J page for specific instructions on when and how to file Supplement J.
Adjustment of Status for Liberian Nationals and Certain Family Members
Certain Liberian nationals and their family members may be eligible to adjust status. For more information, see our Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness page.
You may file Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, while your Form I-485 is pending. If you file Form I-765, write “(c)(9)” as your eligibility category for Part 2, Item Number 27 on your Form I-765.
Filing Forms I-765 and Form I-131 with Form I-485
If you submit Form I-485 and pay the required fee, you do not have to pay an additional fee to also file Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, and/or Form I-131, Application for Travel Document, for advance parole. You may submit these forms together. If you choose not to file Form I-765 and/or Form I-131 with your Form I-485, then you must submit a copy of your I-797C, Notice of Action, (also known as your receipt) as evidence that you filed Form I-485.
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 our Visa Bulletin page to see if your priority date makes you eligible to apply.
If you are the principal applicant, check the appropriate box in Part 2, Item 1., of Form I-485 and check the appropriate box in Part 2, Item 2.a. through 8.e.
If you are the derivative spouse or child of the principal applicant, check the appropriate box in Part 2, Item 1., of Form I-485 and check the appropriate box in Part 2, Item 2.a. through 8.e.
For more information on the Visa Bulletin or the charts, please go to our Visa Availability and Priority Dates page.
You may file Form I-485 and Form I-140 together at the USCIS Dallas Lockbox.
If you are requesting premium processing for Form I-140, you must also file Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service. Refer to our Direct Filing Addresses for Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers, page if you want to file Forms I-485, I-140, and I-907 together. Do NOT file Form I-907 at a USCIS lockbox.
If you are filing Form I-485 based on a pending or approved Form I-140, go to our Direct Filing Addresses for Form I-485 page to see where to file your application.
Read the Employment-Based Preferences chart in the Department of State’s Visa Bulletin page to ensure your priority date is current before you file your application.
E-Notification: If you want to receive an email and/or text message when we accept your form 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.
Attorney or Representative
You may be represented, at no expense to the U.S. government, by an attorney or other authorized representative. Your representative must submit Form G-28, Notice of Entry or Appearance as Attorney or Representative, with your Form I-485. Your representative may also submit Form G-28 at the time of your interview.
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- Immigration Benefits in EOIR Removal Proceedings
- Filing Directions to Obtain Employment Authorization and Advance Parole Card Where Adjustment of Status Application is Pending
- Form I-693,Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record
- How USCIS Determines Same or Similar Occupational Classifications for Job Portability Under AC21
- USCIS Policy Manual, Volume 7, Adjustment of Status
- Public Charge