USCIS Issues Redesigned Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status

 

Introduction

On June 26, 2017, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services published a redesigned Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status [PDF version]. The USCIS explained that the new version of the Form I-485 will reduce complexity and be easier for applicants to complete in accord with the form instructions. Additionally, the USCIS also revised the Form I-485 Supplement A and the Form I-485 Supplement J (along with the form instructions).

New Form I-485

Changes to the Form I-485

The USCIS provided an overview of what is new on the Form I-485:

  • Better flow and organization of questions;
  • Improved readability due in part to new spacing and formatting;
  • The questions and biographic information to complete (Form G-325A) so that applicants will no longer need an additional form;
  • A list of 27 immigrant categories so that applicants may easily identify the specific immigrant category under which they are applying; and
  • A comprehensive, updated list of admissibility related questions.

The USCIS hopes that its changes will make the new Form I-485 more user-friendly than previous editions.

Things that Remain the Same on New Form I-485

The USCIS stated that other than the new appearance of the Form I-485 and the revised instructions, “the process for filing Form I-485 and Form I-485 Supplement A and Form I-485 Supplement J remains the same.”

Grace Period for Transitioning to New Form I-485

Beginning on June 26, 2017, there will be a 60-day grace period during which the USCIS will accept both the 01/17/17 and the new 06/26/17 editions of the Form I-485, Form I-485 Supplement A, and Form I-485 Supplement J. Beginning on August 25, 2017, the USCIS will only accept the revised versions of these forms (06/26/17 edition).

Conclusion

When filing the Form I-485, or any other immigration form, it is crucial to carefully follow the form instructions and filing procedures. It is also imperative to use an up-to-date version of the form. In the case of complicated petitions and applications, it is advisable to consult with an experienced immigration attorney throughout the process.