Structuring the Cover Letter
A well-structured I-485 cover letter facilitates clear communication with USCIS, illustrating the applicant’s eligibility and organization. It is imperative to adhere to a professional and orderly layout.
Header and Greeting
The cover letter begins with the applicant’s contact information, aligned to the left. It should include the applicant’s full name, address, phone number, and email. The date follows, and then USCIS’s address, to which the application is being sent. The greeting, ideally, addresses a specific person or a general greeting such as “Dear USCIS Officer,” if the name isn’t known.
The opening paragraph should state the purpose of the letter: the submission of Form I-485 for Adjustment of Status. The applicant should also mention the primary basis for the adjustment, whether it’s family, employment, or another eligible category.
Body of the Letter
In the body, applicants list the documents included in the application package. Use bullet points for clarity, such as:
- Completed Form I-485
- Copy of birth certificate
- Form I-94, Arrival/Departure Record
- Two passport-style photographs
Highlight any key features of the application here, like accompanying forms or the basis of eligibility, and reference any fees paid.
Conclude by reaffirming the intent to adjust status and thanking the officer for their consideration. Offer availability for any further information or interviews that might be required. Close with a formal sign-off, such as “Sincerely,” followed by the applicant’s signature and printed name.