Completing Form I-485
When completing Form I-485, individuals must diligently gather the necessary documents despite passport validity, adhere to photograph guidelines, and understand the fee structure and potential exemptions.
To ensure a smooth processing of Form I-485, applicants must adhere to the 485 application requirements. Essential documentation encompasses a government-issued photo ID copy, birth certificate, and records of any legal name changes. Surprisingly, an expired passport is acceptable for filing, yet it doesn’t exempt applicants from including other vital supporting documents that might be crucial for the application’s success. Understanding and fulfilling these requirements are key steps towards a successful adjustment of status.
USCIS requires two passport-style photographs taken within 30 days before submission of Form I-485. Photos must be in color, sized at 2 inches by 2 inches, and taken against a plain white or off-white background. The applicant’s full face must be visible, and he or she should not wear any garment or accessory that obscures identification.
Application Fees and Exemptions
The application fee for Form I-485 varies based on the applicant’s age and whether biometric services are required. As of the given date, the fee can range from $750 to $1,140. Certain exemptions apply, including for refugees or asylees. Fee exemptions may also be granted on a case-by-case basis due to financial hardship. Applicants are advised to check the USCIS website for the most current fee structure before submission.