1. Application Fees
The application fee for an I-485 is $1,140. This fee is payable by check or money order and must be included with the application package.
2. Biographical Information
The biographical information on the I-485 checklist includes the applicant's name, date of birth, gender, country of birth, and current address. It is important to provide accurate information on this form, as it will be used to verify the applicant's identity.
3. Proof of Eligibility
The proof of eligibility section on the checklist asks for evidence that the applicant meets the requirements for an I 485 visa. This could include documents such as a birth certificate, a marriage certificate, or a diploma from an accredited school.
4. Supporting Documentation
The supporting documentation section asks for additional evidence that supports the application. This could include documents such as bank statements, pay stubs, or letters from employers.
5. Documentation of Relationship to U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
If the applicant is not the direct relative of a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, they will need to provide documentation of their relationship. This could include a copy of the marriage certificate or a letter from the U.S. citizen or permanent resident's employer verifying their employment status.
6. Medical Examination and Vaccination Record
All applicants must have a medical examination and receive certain vaccinations before they can be granted a visa. A detailed medical examination report and vaccination record must be submitted with the application package.
7. Form G-325A, Biographic Information
This form gathers biographical information about all household members who are 18 years of age or older and lists their addresses for the past five years. It is important to complete this form accurately and completely to avoid delays in processing the application.
8. Passport-Style Photographs
These photographs must be recent (taken within six months) and should be 2 x 2 inches in size with a white background. They must also be clear and sharp in order to be processed successfully.
9. Copy of Entire Passport Biographic Data Page
The biographic data page includes all of the information listed on the passport such as name, date of birth, nationality, etc. It is important to submit a copy of this page along with the application so that USCIS can verify the applicant's identity.
10. Copy of I-94 Arrival/Departure Record
This document must be included with the application if the applicant has ever been to the United States. It can be obtained from USCIS or from the airline that flew the applicant into the country. The I-94 will have information about the applicant's most recent entry into the United States and their current immigration status.