I-687: Application for Status as a Temporary Resident Under Section 245A of the Immigration and Nationality Act

What is a Form I-687?

Form I-687 is an application form used by individuals who are in the United States under a nonimmigrant visa and wish to adjust their status to a Lawful Permanent Resident (also known as obtaining a Green Card). The applicant must provide evidence that they meet various eligibility requirements, such as having an approvable family-based petition, to submit the form.

Who is Eligible for Form I-687?

Form I-687, Application for Status as a Temporary Resident, is available to individuals who are authorized to be in the United States under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) for a specific purpose. Specifically, this form is used by those individuals who are in the United States to engage in employment, study or other activities authorized by the INA. Those eligible for this form include people who have entered the United States with a nonimmigrant visa, those granted extended stay or adjustment of status, and those who have applied for, but not yet received, adjustment of status.

What is the Latest Form I-687 Edition?

The latest edition of Form I-687 is the 03/19/20 edition.

What are the Required Documents for Form I-687?

In order to apply for Form I-687, the required documents are:

1. Proof of lawful admission for permanent residence, such as a passport, valid visa, or an I-94 Arrival/Departure Record.

2. Two identical passport-style photos with your name and Alien Registration Number (A-Number) written on the back of each photo.

3. A copy of a valid state or federal issued identification card, such as a driver’s license or identification card.

4. Documents to support your eligibility for the U.S. residency, such as a copy of a marriage certificate, divorce decree, or adoption decree.

5. Proof of any military service you have performed, such as a copy of discharge papers (DD-214).

6. Evidence of any prior application for naturalization, such as Form N-400 or Form N-643.

7. Evidence of any approved change of name, such as an original or certified court order or marriage certificate reflecting the change.

8. Evidence of any loss or damage to your permanent resident card, such as police reports or original documents related to the incident that resulted in the loss or damage to your card.

How to Submit Form I-687?

Form I-687, Application for Status as a Temporary Resident, is used by nonimmigrants to apply for temporary residency status in the United States. The form must be completed and filed with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).


1. Print the Form I-687. The form can be found on the USCIS website.

2. Complete the form by filling in the required information. The form will ask for information such as your name, address, and date of birth. You must provide a valid passport and other documents as requested on the form.

3. Assemble the required documents to submit with your Form I-687 application. This includes your passport and any other documents required by the USCIS, such as a valid visa or copies of your travel documents.

4. Submit your completed Form I-687 and all required documents to the USCIS office or address listed on the form instructions. You can also submit your application online using the USCIS online filing system.

5. Pay the required fee for processing your Form I-687 application. The fee must be paid before USCIS will process your application. You can pay by credit card using the USCIS website or by mail using a check or money order made out to “U.S. Department of Homeland Security”.

6. Wait for a response from USCIS regarding your Form I-687 application. Depending on the type of application you are submitting, processing times can vary greatly. If you have any questions about the processing of your application, you can contact the USCIS National Customer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283 for assistance.

What are the Filing Tips for Form I-687?

1. Read the instructions for Form I-687 carefully. Make sure each question is answered correctly, completely and honestly.

2. Gather all the supporting documents and evidence that you need to include with your I-687 application.

3. Make copies of all your documents to keep for your records.

4. Complete form I-687 and all the supporting documents in duplicate.

5. Assemble all documents in the order listed on the form I-687 and make sure each page is correctly filled out, signed and dated.

6. Submit your application and supporting documents to the correct USCIS office as indicated on the form’s instructions.

7. Include a check or money order for the filing fee required by USCIS with your application.

8. Keep a copy of your completed application and all supporting documents for your records in case you need them in the future.

Are There Special Instructions for Form I-687?

Yes, there are special instructions for Form I-687. Before completing the form, you must read the instructions carefully and make sure you understand them. Additionally, when completing the form, you must answer all questions completely and accurately, sign and date the form, and make sure to include all supporting documents.

What is the Form I-687 Fee?

The Form I-687 is a fee that is paid when applying for a non-permanent resident Alien Registration Card. This fee covers the cost of processing and adjudicating the application.

Can I Apply for Form I-687 Fee Waiver or Reduction?

No, Form I-687 does not offer a fee waiver or reduction. The only time the fee for Form I-687 can be waived or reduced is if the applicant is approved for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

What is the Form I-687 Processing Time?

The processing time for Form I-687 can vary depending on the specifics of the case, but the average processing time is about 4-8 months.

Form I-687 Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is Form I-687?
A: Form I-687 is an application for an immigrant visa or permanent residence card. It is used by individuals who are seeking to become permanent residents of the United States. The form includes questions about your identity, your immigration status, and any other information related to your application.

Q: How do I file Form I-687?
A: To file Form I-687, you must complete the form online or submit it via mail with the appropriate fee. You also need to submit supporting documents, such as birth certificates and evidence of financial support. Once you have completed the form and provided all necessary documentation, you should mail your application directly to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) National Benefits Center or submit it electronically.

Q: How long does it take to process Form I-687?
A: Processing times vary depending on the type of application, but generally it takes between 8-12 months. However, this can be longer if your application is complex or requires additional review. Therefore, it is important to submit a complete and accurate application, along with all necessary documents, in order to reduce processing delays.

Q: What happens after I submit my Form I-687?
A: After you submit your Form I-687 and supporting documents, USCIS will review your application and may contact you for additional information or an interview. USCIS will then either approve or deny your application. If approved, you will receive an immigrant visa or permanent residence card, which will allow you to live and work in the United States.