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Adjustment of Status Essentials (Form I-485) – Step by Step Guide for Green Card Application


If you are married and living in the United States, you’re a step away from obtaining your Green Card.

For family based adjustment of status if your priority date is now current, email us: so we can qualify you immediately and help you get started on your Green card.

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Adjustment of Status allows a foreign visitor who got married in the U.S. to obtain their Green card without leaving the U.S.

Obtaining the Adjustment of Status involves several key items:

  1. Ensure you qualify. Take Free Quiz now!
  2. Complete all USCIS Forms correctly.
  3. Include supporting documents.
  4. Pay the correct fees.
  5. A successful “marriage” interview with USCIS.

If you entered on a B2 Visitor visa, Visa Waiver Program (VWP) or ESTA there is a risk that USCIS (US immigration) will believe you obtained your visitor visa under false pretenses if you immediately get married. During your application process USCIS may deny or delay your adjustment of status application claiming you pretended to be a tourist. Email to determine if you can get started.

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Adjustment of Status – Application Forms

There are numerous USCIS forms that need to be completed as well as supporting documents that will make up the complete Adjustment of Status application.

  1. Petition for Alien Relative (depending on situation)
  2. Application to Register Permanent Residence (USCIS Form I-485)
  3. Biographic Information (USCIS Form G-325A)
  4. Work Authorization (Optional)
  5. Advance Parole – request for travel (Optional)
  6. The appropriate supporting documents
  7. USCIS fees

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Remember to always include a cover letter to USCIS with your Adjustment of Status Application.


Adjustment of Status – Application Process

Applying for the Adjustment of Status will get you your Green card.

The Adjustment of Status process is as follows:

  1. Complete your Adjustment of Status application.
  2. Medical and Vaccination record. Complete your medical exam and include the results with your initial application.
  3. Mail your Adjustment of Status application to the USCIS Service Center.
  4. Within 2 weeks of mailing your application you will receive the first Notice of Action (NOA)
  5. Within the next 30 days you will receive a notice in the mail to schedule your Biometrics.
  6. If done correctly, you will receive your Employment Authorization (EAD) within 30 to 90 days of filing.
  7. If you completed the Advance parole, you will get this within 90 days, as well.
  8. If made a mistake or missed something and USCIS requires additional evidence, you will be sent a Request for Evidence. Be careful and follow the instructions.
  9. You will then be contacted for a marriage interview. Read the letter carefully and bring what is requested.

Biometrics. After filing the adjustment of status packet, you’ll wait about 30 days for fingerprinting and another three months for an interview with USCIS. At or soon after that interview, you should be approved for permanent residency and then receive your Green card.

The Adjustment of Status processing time is about 4-5 months in most cases. USCIS reports 30-40% of applications are delayed or denied due to mistakes, so be careful.

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Adjustment of Status – Eligibility

If you are already engaged or married to a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, immigrating based on this marriage is likely to be your best bet. The eligibility criteria are reasonably straightforward and the waiting periods are generally better, or at least no worse, than for most other types of visas.

If you are married to a U.S. citizen, there is no waiting period or quota to delay your entry into the United States. You will be subject to the usual time period it takes to process your paperwork and for the government to make sure you are not excludable for any reason, such as criminal past or health problems.

Is this your current visa?

If so, let’s start your Adjustment of Status!

B1/B2 Tourist Visa  
Canadian who entered legally with no Visa  
F-1 Student Visa  
H-1B Specialty Occupation Visa  
H-2B Temporary Non-Agricultural Worker Visa  
J-1 Exchange Visitor not subject to the 2 Year Rule  
K-1 Fiancée Visa  
K-3 Spousal Visa  
L-1A or L-1B Employment Visa  
Visa Waiver Program  
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If you entered the U.S. illegally we can’t help you.  
If you are not married to a U.S. citizen we can’t help you. UNAVAILABLE
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Adjustment of Status – Fees

The total USCIS filing fees can vary. Here is a basic guideline of what you can expect to pay.

  • Form I-485 Application to Adjust Status, Form I-131 Advance Parole, Form I-765 Employment Authorization – $1,140 USD (if filed together)
  • Biometrics Fee – $85 USD
  • Form I-130 Petition for Alien Relative (not required in all situations) – $535 USD
  • Child applications fees are separate. 
  • Children under 14 – $750
  • Children 14 or older – $1,140 
  • Other costs may include translation and photocopying charges, fees for getting the documents required for the visa application (such as passport, police certificates, birth certificates, etc.), and travel expenses.

USCIS has increased these marriage visa application fees as of December 23, 2016. Please ensure you take this into account when mailing your application to avoid delays.

Many people spend months trying to figure out how to apply. They post questions to forums, search the internet for endless documents to read … on and on. If they make a mistake, USCIS (US immigration) asks for more information, causing delays.

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