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Form I-485 - Application to Register Permanent Residence or to Adjust Status 


Form I-485 Summary
Purpose The I-485 - Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status is submitted by the individual wishing to obtain permanent resident status (the "applicant"). It is generally filed with supporting evidence, and may be filed in conjunction with several other applications or petitions.
Size 6 Pages + Instructions
Edition Date 06/20/13; (01/18/11, 11/23/10, 11/08/10; 7/15/10; 12/03/09 editions also accepted.)
Where to File Family Based Applications

a. Immediate Relatives

Effective December 1, 2004, if you live in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, as well as the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands of the United States

you will need to mail your application to:

  U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
P.O. Box 805887
Chicago, IL 60680-4120


Or, for non-United States Postal Service (USPS) deliveries (e.g. private couriers)

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Attn: FBAS
131 South Dearborn - 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60603-5517


b. Other Family Members

Effective December 1, 2004, if you live in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, as well as the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands of the United States

you will need to mail your application to:

  U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
P.O. Box 805887
Chicago, IL 60680-4120


Or, for non-United States Postal Service (USPS) deliveries (e.g. private couriers)

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Attn: FBAS
131 South Dearborn - 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60603-5517


Effective April 1, 2005, if you live in any of the following states Alaska, California, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas and Washington

you will need to mail your application to:

  U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
P.O. Box 805887
Chicago, IL 60680-4120


Or, for non-United States Postal Service (USPS) deliveries (e.g. private couriers)

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Attn: FBAS
131 South Dearborn - 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60603-5517


Employment Based Applications

File your employment-based I-485 at the Service Center that has jurisdiction over your place of intended employment.
Filing Fee $985 , plus $85 biometrics services fee if you are 14 years of age or older. If you are under 14 years of age, the fee is $635 with no biometric services fee. If you are 79 years of age or older, the fee is $985 with no biometrics services fee.

A separate fee for fingerprinting may also be required when the applicant is present in the United States.
Special Instructions Please note that, if you file Form I-485 to adjust your status as a permanent resident on or after July 30, 2007, no additional fee is required to also file an application for employment authorization on Form I-765 and/or advance parole on Form I-131. You may file these forms concurrently. If you choose to file the I-765 and/or I-131 separately after July 30, 2007, you must also submit a copy of your I-797C, Notice of Action, receipt as evidence of the filing of an I-485. If you filed your Form I-485 prior to July 30, 2007, you must pay the fees associated with Forms I-765 and/or I-131 when you file.

You cannot concurrently file form I-485 and form I-140 at a USCIS Lockbox facility at this time. Refer to the Filing Instructions on Form I-140 if you want to file the forms concurrently.

Notes on fees:

Applicants 79 years of age or older are not charged a biometric fee; the fee total is $930.

For applicants under 14 years of age:
  • Filing with the I-485 application of at least one parent have a fee total of $600;
  • Not filing with the I-485 application of at least one parent have a fee total of $930.
There is no fee for applicants who are filing Form I-485 based on having been admitted to the United States as a refugee.

Checks must be made payable to Department of Homeland Security or U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
 
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