What is a Form I-485 Supplement A?
Form I-485 Supplement A is a form used to apply for permanent residency in the United States when the applicant is a derivative applicant, meaning they are applying based on the eligibility of another individual. The form collects information about the primary applicant (the person whose eligibility the derivative applicant is based on) and the derivative applicant’s relationship to that person. The form also collects information such as biographic data and contact information.
Who is Eligible for Form I-485 Supplement A?
Form I-485 Supplement A is a form provided to applicants who wish to adjust their status to become permanent residents of the United States. Eligibility for this form is limited to those who meet certain qualifications, including being the spouse of a U.S. citizen, a close family member of a U.S. citizen, a special immigrant, an immediate relative of a U.S. citizen, an asylee, or a refugee. Generally, these individuals are already in the United States on a valid nonimmigrant visa and can adjust their status to that of permanent resident without leaving the country.
What is the Latest Form I-485 Supplement A Edition?
The most recent edition of Form I-485 Supplement A is the 09/30/19 edition.
What are the Required Documents for Form I-485 Supplement A?
1.Copy of Form I-485
2.Copy of Form I-485 Supplement A
3.Copy of the applicant’s passport
4.Copy of Employment Authorization Document (EAD)
5.Copy of current visa stamp, if available
6.Copies of two (2) passport-style photographs of the applicant
7.Copy of any evidence submitted in support of the I-485 application
8.Proof of identity such as a driver’s license, marriage certificate, birth certificate, or other identity document
9.Proof of family relationships (if applicable) such as a marriage certificate, birth certificate, adoption records, etc.
10.Original or certified copy of the final court order or order of termination/dismissal from removal proceedings
How to Submit Form I-485 Supplement A?
Form I-485 Supplement A, Self-Petitioners Under the Child Status Protection Act (CSPA), is filed with the USCIS along with Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status. Assemble the required documents and evidence needed to prove that you meet the CSPA requirements.
1. Complete Form I-485 Supplement A. Make sure to enter all required information, including your name, address, date of birth, and other biographical information.
2. Print two copies of the completed form.
3. Sign and date both copies of the form in blue or black ink.
4. Create a supporting document package for your application, including:
• Copy of your birth certificate or other evidence of birth;
• Copy of your passport page with photo;
• Copy of your visa page (if applicable);
• Copy of any other immigration documents;
• Copy of your parent’s marriage certificate;
• Evidence of your parent’s current or former U.S. citizenship;
• Evidence of your relationship to a qualifying parent (e.g., school records, birth certificate, etc.)
5. Gather all required supporting documents and place them into a single envelope with the two signed copies of the completed Form I-485 Supplement A on top.
6. Mail the envelope to the appropriate USCIS Lockbox facility with a completed Form G-1145 (if desired). Make sure to include the correct filing fee and any other required fees with your application package.
What are the Filing Tips for Form I-485 Supplement A?
1. Gather the required documents before filing Form I-485 Supplement A. This includes evidence of your relationship to the principal applicant such as marriage certificates, birth records, etc.
2. Complete the form accurately and completely to avoid delays in processing.
3. If applicable, include evidence of any name change for either you or the principal applicant since the principal applicant’s Form I-485 was filed.
4. Signature on the form must be original and notarized if you are filing from outside the US
5. Include all applicable supplement forms if you are filing for a derivative family member such as Form I-765 (Employment Authorization Document), Form I-131 (Advance Parole).
6. Make sure to include all supporting documents and evidence with Form I-485 Supplement A application, such as marriage certificates, proof of financial support if applicable, etc.
7. Pay any applicable filing fee and submit the form and all supporting documents to the USCIS address listed on the form instructions.
8. Make copies of all documents submitted for your records and keep track of your application by checking your case status online or by calling USCIS National Customer Service Center for updates.
Are There Special Instructions for Form I-485 Supplement A?
Yes, there are special instructions for Form I-485 Supplement A.
The instructions explain how to complete the form, including the items you must provide, such as evidence of your family relationship, proof of eligibility for adjustment of status, and other necessary documents. The form also requires signatures from both the primary applicant and any derivative applicants.
You must also include additional documents that support your eligibility for adjustment of status, such as an affidavit of support, proof of identity and other supporting documents. Be sure to read all instructions carefully before filing the form. Failure to submit all required documents can result in delays or denial of your application.
What is the Form I-485 Supplement A Fee?
The Form I-485 Supplement A Fee is an additional cost that must be paid when filing Form I-485, the Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status. The fee is $85 and must be paid at the time of filing or your application will not be processed.
Can I Apply for Form I-485 Supplement A Fee Waiver or Reduction?
Yes, you can apply for a fee waiver or reduction for Form I-485 Supplement A by filing Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver. To be eligible for a fee waiver or reduction, you must demonstrate that you are unable to pay the fee due to financial hardship. The form must be accompanied by supporting documentation, such as recent tax returns or income statements.
What is the Form I-485 Supplement A Processing Time?
The processing time for Form I-485 Supplement A varies depending on a variety of factors, including the applicant’s nationality, the type of benefit being sought, and the applicant’s location. Generally, processing times can range anywhere from a few weeks to several months.