CitizenPath has created a sample cover letter to help you file Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status. You are not required to use a cover letter when filing Form I-485, however, it’s highly recommended. Adjustment of status applications can be extremely complex, including many forms and supporting documents. An I-485 cover letter can help clarify the purpose and contents of the application package.
Always keep your cover letter short and simple. Include the vital information such as your name and alien registration number (if applicable). Be concise when explaining the purpose of the letter.
Sample I-485 Cover Letter
This sample is for a family-based adjustment of status (spouse of U.S. citizen filing concurrently with Form I-130). Your situation may vary. Use this sample cover letter as a guide. Do not submit this letter without updating it to fit your specific situation.
You may want to simply itemize the contents of your adjustment of status application package. Or you can use the cover letter to bring information to the attention of the USCIS officer who will be reviewing your case. The I-485 cover letter is the appropriate place to highlight this.
Where to Address Your Cover Letter for Form I-485
Address your letter to the same address that you file Form I-485. Refer to the USCIS instructions for your applicable filing address. Or if you’ve used CitizenPath to prepare your I-485 application, refer to the custom filing instructions for the USCIS mailing address.