Certain foreign nationals inside the United States use Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, to apply for a green card.
Not anybody can file Form I-485 to adjust status to permanent resident (green card holder). Eligibility for Form I-485 depends on several criteria based on the specific eligibility category selected.
To adjust status as a K-1 fiancé, it’s very important that you marry your U.S. citizen fiancé within 90 days of entering the United States and submit a carefully prepared I-485 adjustment of status packet.
The date when you may file Form I-485, Application to Adjust Status, depends on the basis of your application. Here's a partial list of eligibility categories.
The documents to submit with Form I-485, Application to Adjust Status, vary significantly based on the eligibility category selected.
Generally, Adjustment of Status applicants who want to travel before Form I-485 is approved must obtain an advance parole document first. Without advance parole, the applicant may not be able to return to the United States and the I-485 will be abandoned.
When preparing an Adjustment of Status application it's necessary to list children on Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status. But each child will need to have a separate I-485 applications if they are immigrating with you.
If your family is filing multiple I-485 applications, you may want to combine them. However, it’s very important to organize them separately so that USCIS doesn't mix up or misplace your paperwork.
The cost to adjust status to permanent resident (green card holder) includes several USCIS forms. Additionally, there may be a medical exam and travel expenses that go beyond the cost of filing Form I-485, Application to Adjust Status.