As you prepare your adjustment of status application, you might begin to notice that the stack of documents can get particularly large. For applicants filing the Form I-130 concurrently with Form I-485, Application to Adjust Status, it might even be overwhelming.
The documents can’t be thrown in an envelope and sent to USCIS. They must be presented in a way that USCIS can easily understand your intentions and find your supporting documents. Assembling your adjustment of status package may take some planning.
What Not to Do
First, it may be easiest to explain what not to do when assembling your adjustment of status package. Do not use binders or folders that USCIS cannot easily disassemble. Do not use heavy-duty staples; instead use fasteners or heavy clips.
Assembling the AOS Package
The golden rules of assembling your package might be: Make it easy. Keep it organized.
There is no single right way to assemble an adjustment of status package. If you are able to present a package that is well organized and easy to use, USCIS will be able to intake your case more quickly. There will be less chance of lost documents and Request for Evidence (RFE).
Many law firms use a two-prong folder or ACCO fastener to organize applications and supporting documents. The documents stay in place, are protected, and can be easily disassembled by USCIS. In order to do this correctly, you’ll need to purchase or have access to a two-hole punch. That’s not necessary.
You may use a combination of paper clips and binder clips to secure each group of documents.
Order of Documents
USCIS recommends assembling your adjustment of status package in the following order:
- Check, money order or credit card payment (G-1450)
- Cover letter with an itemization of the package contents
- Form G-1145, Request for e-Notification (if applicable)
- Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status
- Supporting documents for Form I-485
- Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative
- Supporting documents for Form I-130
- Form I-130A, Supplemental Information for Spouse Beneficiary
- Supporting documents for Form I-130A
- Form I-864, Affidavit of Support
- Supporting documents for Form I-864
- Form I-944, Declaration of Self-Sufficiency
- Supporting documents for Form I-944
- Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization
- Supporting documents for Form I-765
- Form I-131, Application for Travel Document
- Supporting documents for Form I-131
- Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record
Not every adjustment of status application includes all of the forms listed above. This example is for the immediate relative spouse of a U.S. citizen filing a concurrent immigrant petition.
If you have multiple family members filing applications together, be cautious about combining them. USCIS will process them separately anyway. If your papers get disorganized or a fastener breaks, it could delay all of the applications. What’s more, USCIS is notorious for losing items. If you are sending more than one case in an envelope, clearly separate the cases by rubber band or fasteners.