The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently published a revised Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status (Form I-485). There will be a 60-day grace period during which USCIS will accept both the 01/17/17 and 06/26/17 editions of Form I-485 and Supplement A and J. However, beginning Aug. 25, 2017, USCIS will only accept the revised forms and will no longer accept earlier versions.
According to the USCIS press release, the revised version gives applicants better information to accurately complete Form I-485, including clear navigation to the parts of the form and instructions that are relevant to the applicants’ specific situations. USCIS hopes that updates should increase the efficiency of the adjudication process by reducing errors and requests for evidence.
What has changed?
- Length: At 18 pages, the new form is 12 pages longer than the old version (6 pages).
- Format: Better flow and organization of questions to make it user-friendly for both the applicants and USCIS. In addition, readability has significantly improved due to new spacing, columns, flow, white space, and formatting.
- No G-325A required: The questions about biographic information (Form G-325A) so applicants will no longer need to file a separate form;
- Expanded list of adjustment categories: A list of 27 immigrant categories, which allows applicants to identify the specific immigrant category under which they are applying; and
- A comprehensive, updated list of admissibility-related questions: The added questions to ensure USCIS officers have the necessary information to better assess the applicant’s admissibility and eligibility. There are now 80 eligibility and inadmissibility-related questions.
- Supplement Forms: Form I-485-A, Supplement A to Form I-485, Adjustment of Status Under Section 245(i) and Form I-485 Supplement J, Confirmation of Bona Fide Job Offer or Request for Job Portability Under INA Section 204(j) have also been revised.
What remains the same?
The process for filing Form I-485 and Form I-485 Supplement A and Form I-485 Supplement J remains the same. Applicants must still submit their paper applications to the location listed in the form instructions.
The adjustment of status (green card process) could be complicated for some and incorrectly filling out the application forms could have serious immigration consequences. We recommend seeking the assistance of an experienced immigration attorney if you plan to apply for a green card. Contact us, we are here to help. Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Tumblr for up-to-date immigration news.
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