USCIS has updated Form I-485, the Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, and the form instructions. If you are physically in the United States, you can use this form to apply for lawful permanent resident status, which is also referred to as having a Green Card. Form I-485 and its instructions were essentially unchanged for many years. These updates make the form more user-friendly and the instructions more helpful and easier to understand. Let’s take a look at some of the updates.
- The first thing you’ll notice about the form is the new formatting. The new spacing and columns make the form easier to read, and the updated flow of information makes the form more user-friendly.
- Part 2 of the form allows you to identify the specific immigrant category you want to apply under. There are now 27 immigrant categories that you can select from. Knowing your immigrant category will help you understand what evidence you need to submit. You will no longer need to file a separate Form G-325A with the Form I-485.
- Some questions from the G-325A have been incorporated directly into the updated Form I-485. General eligibility and inadmissibility related questions have been organized and listed into logical groups. USCIS uses these questions to help determine whether to approve your application.
We expanded the instructions for Form I-485 and split them into 2 sections: general instructions and additional instructions.
You should read all of the general instructions from pages 1-18. These instructions apply to every applicant.
The additional instructions section provides specific information for almost every immigrant category you can apply under. You only need to read the additional instructions that apply to your immigrant category, which may be 1 or 2 pages. Not all immigrant categories have additional instructions. The general and the additional instructions provide detailed information on what evidence you should submit to your Form I-485.