Forms and Payments for Adjustment of Status

You can file required forms for adjustment of status with the USCIS. The AOS forms include:

  • Form I-485 (Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status)
  • Form I-765 (Your Employment or Work Permit)
  • Form I-131 (Your Re-entry or Travel permit)
  • G-325A (Your Biographic Information form)

You need to pay $985 for Form I-485 along with $85 for biometrics. (Biometrics includes finger print and digital photograph taken at your specified USCIS application center). Total payment accounts to $1070 for an adult.

Note:

  • Adults over 79 years of age do not require biometrics. You will be informed about your time and location for fingerprinting by the USCIS. Incomplete biometrics may cause delays in your application process.
  • Your first application for work and travel permit, i.e. Form I-765 and Form I-131 is free of charge. You get a one year travel and work permit after successful approval of your application.
  • All forms need to be filled in clearly and correctly without errors or discrepancies. You should clearly mark questions as N/A (Not Applicable) if they don’t apply to you. You should clearly follow all the instructions mentioned in the forms.
  • If you are not sure of what needs to be filled in, it is advisable that you seek professional help, e.g. from a legitimate visa agency.
  • Two identical and recent passport size photographs meeting the technical requirements need to be submitted for each applicant.
  • Most of the forms mention the specific documents and evidences that need to be presented at the time of interview. You should complete the set of required documents for yourself and all the family members present with you.

Usually documents that have to be presented include your birth certificate, police clearance certificate, your evidence of Status (i.e. a valid I- 94 card), marriage/divorce certificate, financial statements (or proof of income), a letter from your employer (if applicable) and a sealed envelope containing your medical examination reports.

Note:

  • Every situation may be different so you should clearly go through the USCIS forms to know what you have to present as evidence. Some forms require you to submit legible photocopies of the related documents. You should clearly adhere to these instructions to avoid your application being delayed or denied.
  • You can find payment details on the application form. It explains the different payment options and the relevant procedure you need to follow.

Sending Forms And Payments To The USCIS

You should mail your correctly filled forms and payments as instructed on the application form to the USCIS Chicago office no matter which state you are in. The Chicago office will decide the local USCIS office that will work on your case.

After you file your successful application, you will be notified about your biometrics collection at an Application support center. This information will eventually help create your green card.

Note:

  • Any change in address or information should immediately be notified to the USCIS by sending an updated ‘Form AR-II – Change of Address’.  You can also do this using web based application tool titled ‘USCIS Online Change of Address’. Follow instructions as mentioned at https://egov.uscis.gov/crisgwi/go?action=coa.

USCIS Chicago address for mailing is mentioned on your application Form I-485.