Tag: Form I-485



Family-based immigration is a pathway to reunite with loved ones and build a new life in the United States. Understanding the requisite forms and navigating the application process is vital for a successful journey. Here, we break down the essential forms and offer tips to ensure a seamless experience.

Key Forms for Family-Based Immigration:

  • Form I-130 (Petition for Alien Relative): This form serves as the initial step to establish the qualifying relationship between the U.S. citizen or permanent resident petitioner and the intending immigrant beneficiary. It is the foundation of family-based immigration.
  • Form I-485 (Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status): This form is used by beneficiaries already residing in the United States to apply for adjustment of status to lawful permanent resident (green card holder) after the I-130 petition is approved.
  • Form DS-260 (Online Immigrant Visa Application): If the beneficiary is outside the United States, they will need to complete Form DS-260 to apply for an immigrant visa through consular processing.

Tips for a Smooth Family-Based Immigration Application:

  • Thoroughly Review Form Instructions: Each form comes with detailed instructions. Take the time to read and understand these instructions before filling out the forms. This can prevent errors and delays.
  • Complete Required Supporting Documents: In addition to the forms, you will need to submit supporting documents such as birth certificates, marriage certificates, police clearances, and affidavits of support. Ensure that you gather all necessary documents and translations if applicable.
  • Submit Accurate Information: Accuracy is paramount. Any discrepancies or false information can lead to delays or denials. Double-check all information provided on the forms.
  • Pay Appropriate Fees: Familiarize yourself with the required filing fees for each form and submit the correct payment. USCIS provides fee waiver options for some applicants who qualify.
  • Stay Organized: Keep copies of all forms, supporting documents, and fee receipts. Organize your application package to facilitate easy reference and tracking.
  • Seek Legal Guidance: Family-based immigration can be complex, especially in cases involving potential issues or complications. Consulting with an experienced immigration attorney can help you navigate the process smoothly, address challenges, and avoid common pitfalls.
  • Follow USCIS Updates: Stay informed about any changes or updates in USCIS procedures or requirements. Immigration laws can evolve, impacting your application process.

Navigating the family-based immigration process can be challenging, but with careful attention to detail and adherence to the guidelines, applicants can enhance their chances of a successful outcome. If you have questions or need assistance with your family-based immigration journey, don’t hesitate to seek professional guidance.

Doctors for USCIS Medical Exam

You can find a USCIS Civil Surgeon for Form I-693 Report of Medical Examination by clicking here. 

People in the US who apply for “green cards” from within the US, apply using Form I-485. Form I-485 requires that a medical exam be submitted with Form I-485, at the in-person I-485 interview, or by mail if/when requested by USCIS.

The medical exam must be conducted by a USCIS Civil Surgeon. You can find a USCIS Civil Surgeon for Form I-693 Report of Medical Examination by clicking here. 

Green Card Approved After I-130 Denied

In my practice, I work with many clients who require marriage-based “green card” applications (I-130 Petition for Alien Relative and I-485 Application to Register Permanent Resident).
Recently, I was hired to represent a couple after their own I-130/485 filing was not successful. They came to me with a denied I-130. We immediately re-filed a new I-130/485 package, and within months, we were scheduled for a hearing. In light of the very strong package that we submitted, the interview was very smooth and even fun, and the clients’ case was approved. This good news was especially welcome for the couple because they were expecting a baby only days after the interview!