When you are ready to file Form I-485, you must be sure to provide all the necessary supporting documentation along with the $930 fee. If you fail to do so, your application will be delayed and it could be denied. The I-485 is filed for the Adjustment of Status of non-immigrants, or the registration of Permanent Residence. But for the purposes of this article, we will look at the supporting documentation required if you acquired your status as a K-1 Fiancé(e) Visa applicant and you married your US citizen spouse within 90 days of arrival in the United States.
- Vaccination Record
Unlike some other applicants who must submit their full medical examination report to USCIS, immigrants who arrived on a K-1 Fiancé(e) Visa will not need to submit the entire report, as they will have already received a full medical examination prior to their arrival in the country. Just send in a copy of the vaccination record and make sure that all of your vaccinations are up to date.
- Birth Certificate
Do not send in your original birth certificate. Just send in a photocopy or evidence of birth if you were adopted or are unable to provide a copy of your original birth certificate.
- Passport Page Containing Visa
When filing Form I-485, you must provide a clear photocopy of your passport page that contains your visa. The visa must be clearly visible with the date of issue and other relevant biometric information visible.
- Recent Photographs
Unlike previous photo requirements, current policy states that the two colour photographs that were taken within the last 30 days must show a full frontal view of the face and have a white or off white background. Headdresses may be worn if they are for religious or cultural reasons. Otherwise, hats, scarves and other headdresses should not be worn. On the back of one of the photos, lightly write down your name and Alien File Receipt Number.
As part of the I-485 application, immigrants who are 14-79 must submit to fingerprints after they have submitted this form. USCIS will inform immigrants of where to go to be fingerprinted. However, in some exceptional circumstances, such as when an immigrant is living outside the country, they may be allowed to be fingerprinted in a local service centre and to then post the fingerprints to a USCIS service centre in America.
It is very important for immigrants getting ready to file Form I-485 to read through all 9 pages of information relating to this form and to re-read it if they need to clarify any points. But if there is still some lingering confusion, call the USCIS National Customer Service Centre at 1-800-375-5283 or go to www.uscis.gov for further instructions.