Identity and Civil Documents
When applying for adjustment of status using Form I-485, applicants must provide sufficient evidence to establish their identity and to provide proof of their nationality. This includes government-issued identification, birth certificates, and valid passports. These documents are essential to demonstrate eligibility for permanent residency.
Applicants are required to provide a copy of an official identification document. This could be:
- A driver’s license
- A state ID
- A national identification document
The identification should clearly show the applicant’s name, photo, date of birth, and the document’s expiration date.
The birth certificate serves as a crucial piece of evidence for the applicant’s date and place of birth. Applicants must submit:
- An original birth certificate, or
- A certified copy by the issuing authority.
If the document is not available or does not exist, secondary evidence may be necessary.
A valid passport is necessary for verifying an applicant’s country of citizenship. Applicants need to provide:
- A copy of the passport page with the photo and personal information, and
- The passport pages with non-immigrant visas, admissions, or parole stamps (if applicable).
The passport should be unexpired at the time of submission. Check how can I file a form I-485 with an expired passport.