Prepare Your Green Card Application for the First Time

Confidently prepare your Green Card application package paperwork with a simple, guided, step-by-step process. Road to Status software and licensed immigration attorney reviews make immigration applications safe, simple, & affordable.

Road to Status Software Fee: $99
USCIS Filing Fees: $1140
USCIS Biometrics Fee (if applicable): $85

First Time Green Card Application Package

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USCIS Form I-485: Application package to Register for Permanent Residence or Adjust Status

Form I-485 is used by Visa holders (those with temporary immigration status) living in the United States to apply for a Green Card (Permanent Resident Card). Prepare your I-485 application package online and be ready to file today! It’s a very simple process:

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What are the costs associated with applying for a green card?

Government (USCIS) Application Filing & Biometric Fees*

  • Application fee: $1140
  • Biometric Exam Fee: $85


Road to Status Form Preparation & Software Fee: $99

  • Road to Status charges a software service fee for access to our immigration application preparation platform.
  • Application filing package includes all necessary and completed USCIS forms, custom generated filing instructions made for each unique applicant, and an optional application package legal review by a network partner immigration attorney.
  • Licensed Immigration Attorney Reviews are available on select application packages. Add a “Peace of Mind” application review to any application package offered for a low flat fee.

* These fees are an approximation. Pricing is subject to change depending on the situation, e.g. the age of the applicant, etc.

1. What is a Green Card?

A green card is a photo identification that allows an alien to legally reside and work in the United States permanently. It is the final step before an alien can become a U.S. citizen. There are many different ways you can petition for a green card, whether it’s through your family (U.S. citizen), job, or refugee or asylum status.

2. What is the process?

You may qualify if:

  • You are married to a U.S. citizen
  • If you’re the child of a U.S. citizen and are under 21 and unmarried
  • Have a U.S. citizen child over 21
  • Married a U.S. permanent resident
  • Have a U.S citizen sibling who is over the age of 21
  • Engaged to a U.S citizen
  • A U.S. based employer is sponsoring you for a job in the U.S.
  • Have been afforded status through the asylum or refugee process.


In order to apply for a green card:

  • You must have an approved Immigrant Visa Petition (for example: Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative or Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker, or Form I-360, Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant, etc.); and you must file Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status with USCIS.
  • Using Road to Status’s software, prepare your applications and use our instructions to gather the evidence you need to support your applications. Once everything is ready, you will submit them to USCIS for review.
  • Once USCIS has received your application, they will send the applicant for the Green Card a notice for a biometrics appointment where USCIS will take their photo and fingerprints.
  • If USCIS determines that additional information is needed, you may receive a Request for Evidence.
  • Once all of USCIS’s questions have been answered and the application is done being processed at the service center, you will be scheduled for an interview at your local USCIS office to review your application and answer questions as needed.


As part of this process, you will also have to show that there is a current, available visa for you.

3. What are the advantages of a Green Card?

  • You may legally reside and work in the United States. permanently.
  • You may petition for relatives who want to immigrate to the United States.
  • You have more employment opportunities.

4. How long does the process take?

  • On average, it takes about 6 months to receive your green card after you have submitted your application to USCIS, but processing times are always changing and may vary depending on your local office.
  • If your green card is based on a familial relationship, you must first have an approved I-130 visa petition. Depending on how close the relationship is to the Petitioner, and what country the beneficiary is from, that may be no wait (for parents, unmarried minor children, and spouses of a U.S. citizen) or it may mean a wait of 2 years or even 20 years.

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Road to Status Software Fee*


* USCIS fees are not included in this package, see below.

Included In This Package


Access to our online application preparation software that guides you through each application question step-by-step

The software will create for you everything you need to file your First Time Green Card application with USCIS all in one convenient application package!

Our technology double-checks your application for frequently overlooked mistakes and errors that could lead to USCIS delaying or denying your application.

There is live, human support available to you through live chat, email, & phone during regular business hours (9 AM – 5 PM Monday – Friday).

Optional attorney application review or consultation services are available for extra assurance if you have any questions or concerns about your case.

Road to Status respects your right to privacy and does not sell, rent, swap or otherwise disclose any of your personal information to any other party. See our privacy policy and terms of use for more information.

* Fees are for application preparation software and for services. Fees paid do not include any biometric, filing, or government application fees.

Disclaimer: Road to Status, LLC. is not a law firm. The information and services presented are not legal advice and do not substitute the advice, guidance or recommendation that a licensed immigration attorney can provide. Road to Status is not affiliated with USCIS or any other government agency or website. Pricing for services does not include any biometric, filing, or government application fees. Road To Status, LLC is a private software company that offers self-help services at the user’s direction. Blank forms are available for free at

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