Form I-485 is the application for Adjustment of Status in the United States and all immigrants who wish to gain permanent resident status in America must file this form.
Oftentimes this form is completed after an immigration petition has been granted, but there are some instances, for instance when one is applying for permanent residency as an immediate relative of a United States citizen, that allow you to file the petition and the I-485 at the same time. This process is consular processing.
Below is a basic checklist for Form I-485, Adjustment of Status:
• An accepted immigration petition. This is generally either Form I-130 (for family based immigration) or Form I-140 (for employment based immigration). You will also need to submit an affidavit that shows that you are being properly sponsored or employed.
• Your official birth certificate.
• A picture of your passport pages that have any non-immigrant visas to the United States stamped into them.
• Two identical passport style photos to be attached to the application.
• Biometric information that will be collected at an appointment during your application process.
• Police Clearances and certificates from the areas where you have lived previously.
• A medical examination conducted by a civil surgeon.
• If you are immigrating to the United States under a family based immigration petition you will need to provide proof of your relationship. This can be one or several documents such as birth certificates, marriage certificates or other documents that show your relationship.
• If you have ever been charged with a crime, convicted or paroled, you will need to show certain documents that pertain to your criminal history.
Most of the time you will only need to submit copies of these documents and not the originals, but if you are summoned to an interview you will need to bring the originals.