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“A Comprehensive Guide to the Application for Permanent Residence or Status Adjustment”

Service Description


The Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, commonly known as Form I-485, is a crucial document for individuals seeking to obtain permanent residency in the United States. This process is vital for non-U.S. citizens who intend to live and work permanently in the U.S. and is a significant step toward achieving the American Dream.


Filing Form I-485 is required for individuals who are already in the U.S. and eligible to apply for a green card based on family, employment, asylum, or other special provisions. The applicant must have an immigrant visa immediately available and be admissible to the United States.

How to Draft

Drafting the application involves several steps:

  1. Gathering Personal Information: Collect all necessary personal information, including your current immigration status, work history, and family information.
  2. Completing the Form: Accurately fill out Form I-485, ensuring all information is correct and consistent with any other immigration forms previously submitted.
  3. Supporting Documents: Attach required documents, such as birth certificates, proof of lawful entry into the U.S., and any documents relating to your eligibility category.
  4. Application Fee: Determine the correct filing fee based on your age and category and include the payment with your application.

Ensure to follow the specific instructions provided by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).


Once completed, submit the application package to the appropriate USCIS office. The filing process includes a biometrics appointment and potentially an interview. After filing, keep a copy of the application and all supporting documents for your records.


The Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status is a pivotal step for those seeking to make the U.S. their permanent home. While the process can be complex, a well-prepared application can streamline the journey towards obtaining a green card. It’s advisable to consult with immigration professionals to ensure the application is accurately completed and filed.