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?
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.
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