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I-485 Application to Register Permanent Residence

Are you ready to apply for a green card with the I – 485 Form?

A green card is a photo identification and proves that you are legally able to work and live in the United States permanently. You may qualify to apply for a green card through your U.S. citizen family member, your job, or your refugee or asylum status.

Having a green card comes with several benefits. For example, it allows you to petition for your relatives who wish to join you in the United States, allows you to apply for jobs requiring permanent residency, and it puts you one step closer to becoming a U.S. citizen.

If you are eligible to apply for a green card and you have an approved Immigrant Visa petition, we are here to help you fill out the USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) Form I-485 to Register Permanent Residence. Read below to learn more about your eligibility, the application process, costs, and how long it may take until you receive your green card.


Most green card applicants are eligible due to sponsorship from family or work, or their refugee or asylum status. You may be eligible to apply for a green card if you meet one of the following:

  • Family, if you
    • Are the parent of a U.S. citizen child who is over 21 years old
    • Are the child of a U.S. citizen and are under 21 and unmarried
  • Marriage
    • You are married to a U.S. citizen
  • Work
    • U.S. based employer is sponsoring you for a job in the U.S.
  • Refugee or Asylum Status
    • You have been afforded status through the asylum or refugee process

Before applying for a green card, you must have an approved Immigrant Visa Petition. Examples of approved Immigrant Visa Petitions include the Form I-130 (Petition for Alien Relative), Form I-140 (Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker), and Form I-360 (Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant petition).


File Form I-485:  After receiving approval for your Immigrant Visa Petition, you must file Form I-485 with USCIS to register your permanent residence and adjust your status in the United States.

You can download the necessary forms & instructions directly from USCIS for how to do that. However, we have heard from so many people who were in the position you are now that the instructions and the forms were confusing.

Some of them tried to do it completely on their own, spending a lot of time, energy, & frustration to figure out the right way to complete the form. In the most unfortunate cases, errors were still made after all the time spent and their application was denied by USCIS.

Others knew they needed help so they hired an immigration consultant or attorney, often spending into the thousands of dollars for their help and their expertise.

We believe there is a new solution that may be a good fit for you if you want to get help to make the process of completing your application fast & simple without having to spend thousands for that professional quality assistance.

At Road to Status, we have had some of the country’s most respected immigration attorneys help us in building our software that knows all the immigration laws & regulations. As you fill out the information USCIS asks for on your form(s), the software intelligently adapts to your specific case to ensure everything is filled out properly for you.

Click here to begin filling out your I-485 form using Road to Status’ software. Our step-by-step instructions will help you gather the information and evidence you need to support your application.

Note that USCIS charges a $1140 filing fee for Form I-485, and an $85 biometrics fee.

Biometrics Appointment: After USCIS receives your application, you will need to attend a biometrics appointment. At your appointment, USCIS will take your photograph and fingerprints and verify some simple biographic data from your application.

USCIS Interview:  Once your application is received and processed, USCIS will schedule an interview for you at your local office to review your application. During this time, you must prove you are eligible to become a permanent resident. If they determine they need further information, USCIS may request further information from you in the form of a Request for Evidence.


Most likely it will take about 6 months after you apply to receive your green card, depending on your local USCIS office.

At Road to Status, we are here to help you at every step of the application process. Create an account now to get complete your application quickly, easily, safely, and affordably.

For extra assurance, you may select to have an immigration attorney review your application package. Check your eligibility here for free -OR- Get Started today!


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