Prepare Form I-485 Adjustment of Status to get Green Card
- Individuals who are in the United States on an immigration visa will use Form I-485 to apply to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for the adjustment of status to permanent resident.
What do you need before you can start the Adjustment of Status process?
- You must have an USCIS approved immigrant visa petition. This could be family based or employment based, for example.
- You must have an immigrant visa number. In some cases, even though you have an approved immigrant petition from the USCIS, the State Department may take several years before they give you an immigrant visa number. Unless your immigrant visa number is immediately available, the USCIS will assign you a Priority Date. The Priority Date is the date when your immigrant petition was filed.