Direct Filing Addresses for Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status (2023)

Where you file your Form I-485 depends on your eligibility category. Review the information below to see where you should file your application.

Applications that are not mailed to the correct address may experience processing delays.

Use the applicable address in this section if you are filing as:

  • A spouse, parent, or unmarried son or daughter (under age 21) of a U.S. citizen with either an approved Form I-130 or you are filing Form I-485 together with Form I-130;
  • A beneficiary of an approved Form I-130, filed by a qualifying relative;
  • A spouse or child of an immigrant who has applied for adjustment of status or has been granted lawful permanent residence through a family sponsored visa category that allows derivative status for spouses and children;
  • A K-1 fiancé(e) (orK-2 dependent) whose Form I-485 is based on an approved Form I-129F;
  • A beneficiary of an accepted, approved or concurrently filed Form I-360 classified as an Amerasian, a widow(er) of a U.S. citizen who died within the past two years, a Special Immigrant Juvenile, or a special immigrant armed forces member;
  • An applicant, including the spouse or child of a qualifying Cuban principal applicant, who is eligible under the Cuban Adjustment Act of Nov. 2, 1966. (Select the first box labeled “The Cuban Adjustment Act” under 1.f. Special Programs Based on Certain Public Laws in Part 2 of Form I-485. Do not select the second box labeled “The Cuban Adjustment Act for battered spouses and children” unless you are an abused spouse or abused child.);
  • A registry applicant filing Form I-485 based on continuous residence in the U.S. since before Jan. 1, 1972;
  • A diversity lottery winner eligible to file Form I-485;
  • A public interest parolee from certain former Soviet and Southeast Asian countries filing Form I-485 under Pub. L. 101-167 (the “Lautenberg Amendment”);
  • A registry applicant filing Form I-485 based on birth in the U.S. to a foreign diplomat officer;
  • A former diplomat filing Form I-485 under section 13 of the Immigration Act of 1957; or
  • An applicant who is a beneficiary of a private bill.

Go to our USCIS Lockbox Filing Locations Chart for Certain Family-Based Forms page for the filing address based on where you live.

You must include a copy of:

  • Your Form I-797C, Notice of Action, approving your U nonimmigrant status;
  • Your Form I-94, Arrival/Departure Record; and
  • All pages of your passport with a U nonimmigrant visa (or a valid explanation of why you do not have such a document).
If you live in:Then mail your Form I-485 to:
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Kansas
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • North Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • South Dakota
  • Utah
  • Texas
  • Washington
  • Wyoming

USCIS Nebraska Service Center

U.S. Postal Service (USPS):

USCIS
P.O. Box 87426
Lincoln, NE 68501-7526

FedEx, UPS, and DHL deliveries:

USCIS
Attn: 485U VAWA
850 S St.
Lincoln, NE 68508-1225

You may pay your filing fee and biometric services fee, if applicable, with a credit card.

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Guam
  • Iowa
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • Puerto Rico
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • U.S. Virgin Islands
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin

USCIS Vermont Service Center

USCIS
Vermont Service Center
Attn: 485U VAWA
38 River Rd.
Essex Junction, VT 05479-0001

If you are filing as:Then mail your Form I-485 to:
  • The beneficiary of an approved Form I-360, Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant, based on the Abused Spouse/Child/Parent eligibility category (VAWA self-petitioner) and you are filing for adjustment of status;
  • A T-based nonimmigrant. You must include a copy of your Form I-797C, Notice of Action, showing we approved your T nonimmigrant status, a copy of your Form I-94 and a copy of all pages of your passport with a T nonimmigrant visa (or a valid explanation of why you do not have such a document); or
  • An abused spouse or abused child of a qualifying principal under the Cuban Adjustment Act of Nov. 2, 1966 (CAA), Section 1 (Select the second box labeled “The Cuban Adjustment Act for battered spouses and children” under 1.f. Special Programs Based on Certain Public Laws in Part 2 of Form I-485. If you are not an abused spouse or abused child but are eligible under the CAA as a spouse or child, select the first box labeled “The Cuban Adjustment Act.”)

USCIS Vermont Service Center

USCIS
Vermont Service Center
Attn: CRU
38 River Rd.
Essex Junction, VT 05479-0001

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Use the applicable address in this section if you are filing with:

  • A pending or approved Form I-360 for an international organization employee or family member.
    • You must include a copy of yourForm I-797, Notice of Action, showing we accepted or approved your Form I-360; or
  • An approved Form I-360 for:
    • A special immigrant religious worker;
    • Panama Canal Company employment;
    • U.S. government in canal zone employment;
    • A special immigrant physician; or
    • An international broadcaster.
      • You must include a copy of yourForm I-797, Notice of Action, showing we approved your Form I-360 for any of these categories; or
  • A pending or approved Form I-140.
    • You must include a copy of your Form I-797, Notice of Action, showing we accepted or approved your Form I-140.
If you live in:Then mail your Form I-485 to:
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Minnesota
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania

USCIS Phoenix Lockbox

U.S. Postal Service (USPS):

USCIS
Attn: NFB
P.O. Box 21281
Phoenix, AZ 85036-1281

FedEx, UPS, and DHL deliveries:

USCIS
Attn: NFB (Box 21281)
1820 E. Skyharbor Circle S
Suite 100
Phoenix, AZ 85034-4850

  • New Jersey
  • New York

USCIS Elgin Lockbox

U.S. Postal Service (USPS):

USCIS
Attn: NFB
P.O. Box 4115
Carol Stream, IL 60197-4115

FedEx, UPS, and DHL deliveries:

USCIS
Attn: NFB (Box 4115)
2500 Westfield Drive
Elgin, IL 60124-7836

  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Michigan
  • Missouri
  • Ohio
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin

USCIS Chicago Lockbox

U.S. Postal Service (USPS):

USCIS
Attn: NFB
P.O. Box 805371
Chicago, IL 60680-5371

FedEx, UPS, and DHL deliveries:

USCIS
Attn: NFB (Box 805371)
131 South Dearborn-3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60603-5517

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • American Samoa
  • Arkansas
  • Armed Forces - America
  • Armed Forces - Europe
  • Armed Forces - Pacific
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Guam
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Micronesia
  • Mississippi
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Northern Mariana Islands
  • Palau
  • Puerto Rico
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Utah
  • Wyoming

USCIS Dallas Lockbox

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U.S. Postal Service (USPS):

USCIS
Attn: NFB
P.O. Box 660867
Dallas, TX 75266-0867

FedEx, UPS, and DHL deliveries:

USCIS
Attn: NFB (Box 660867)
2501 S. State Hwy. 121 Business
Suite 400
Lewisville, TX 75067-8003

Use the applicable address in this section if you are filing with:

  • Asylum status;
  • Refugee status; or
  • Status under HRIFA as a dependent.
If you live in:Then mail your Form I-485 to:
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Minnesota
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania

USCIS Phoenix Lockbox

U.S. Postal Service (USPS):

USCIS
Attn: NFB
P.O. Box 21281
Phoenix, AZ 85036-1281

FedEx, UPS, and DHL deliveries:

USCIS
Attn: NFB (Box 21281)
1820 E. Skyharbor Circle S
Suite 100
Phoenix, AZ 85034-4850

  • New Jersey
  • New York

USCIS Elgin Lockbox

U.S. Postal Service (USPS):

USCIS
Attn: NFB
P.O. Box 4115
Carol Stream, IL 60197-4115

FedEx, UPS, and DHL deliveries:

USCIS
Attn: NFB (Box 4115)
2500 Westfield Drive
Elgin, IL 60124-7836

  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Michigan
  • Missouri
  • Ohio
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin

USCIS Chicago Lockbox

U.S. Postal Service (USPS):

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USCIS
Attn: NFB
P.O. Box 805371
Chicago, IL 60680-5371

FedEx, UPS, and DHL deliveries:

USCIS
Attn: NFB (Box 805371)
131 South Dearborn-3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60603-5517

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • American Samoa
  • Arkansas
  • Armed Forces - America
  • Armed Forces - Europe
  • Armed Forces - Pacific
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Guam
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Micronesia
  • Mississippi
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Northern Mariana Islands
  • Palau
  • Puerto Rico
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Utah
  • Wyoming

USCIS Dallas Lockbox

U.S. Postal Service (USPS):

USCIS
Attn: NFB
P.O. Box 660867
Dallas, TX 75266-0867

FedEx, UPS, and DHL deliveries:

USCIS
Attn: NFB (Box 660867)
2501 S. State Hwy. 121 Business
Suite 400
Lewisville, TX 75067-8003

If you are filing:Then mail your form to:

With Form I-140

USCIS Dallas Lockbox

U.S. Postal Service (USPS):

USCIS
Attn: NFB
P.O. Box 660867
Dallas, TX 75266-0867

FedEx, UPS, and DHL deliveries:

USCIS
Attn: NFB (Box 660867)
2501 S. State Hwy.
121 Business
Suite 400
Lewisville, TX 75067-8003

With Form I-140 and requesting premium processing for Form I-140

Send your Form I-485, Form I-140, and Form I-907 together to the address listed in the Form I-907 filing instructions.

Do not file Form I-907 at a USCIS lockbox.

If you are filing:Then mail your form to:
  • With Form I-526, Immigrant Petition by Standalone Investor;
  • With Form I-526E, Immigrant Petition by Regional Center Investor; or
  • Based on an approved or pending Form I-526 or Form I-526E. You must include a copy of the notice showing we accepted or approved your Form I-526 or I-526E.

USCIS Dallas Lockbox

U.S. Postal Service (USPS):

USCIS
Attn: I-526/E
P.O. Box 660168
Dallas, TX 75266-0168

FedEx, UPS, and DHL deliveries:

USCIS
Attn: I-526/E (Box 660168)
2501 S. State Highway 121 Business
Suite 400
Lewisville, TX 75067-8003

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If you are filing:And you live in:Then mail your form to:

Based on an approved Form I-360 or approved Form DS-157for Afghan nationals who worked for or on behalf of the U.S. government or the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan or and approved I-360 for Afghan nationals who worked for or on behalf of the U.S. government as a translator.

  • You must include a copy of the Form I-797, Notice of Action, showing USCISapproved your Form I-360,or a copy of the Chief of Mission approval letter indicating approval of your Form DS-157. (You cannot file Forms I-360 andI-485 at the same time for this classification.)
Any location

USCIS Phoenix Lockbox

U.S. Postal Service (USPS), FedEx, UPS, and DHL deliveries:

USCIS
Attn: AFGHAN-NFB (Box 21281)
1820 E. Skyharbor Circle S
Suite 100
Phoenix, AZ 85034-4850

Based on an approved Form I-360 for Iraqi nationals who worked for or on behalf of the U.S. government in Iraq or for Iraqi nationals who worked for or on behalf of the U.S. government as a translator.

  • You must include a copy of the Form I-797C, Notice of Action, showing USCISapproved your Form I-360. (You cannot file Forms I-360 and I-485 at the same time for this classification.)
Any location

USCIS Nebraska Service Center

U.S. Postal Service (USPS), FedEx, UPS, and DHL deliveries:

USCIS
Nebraska Service Center
P.O. Box 87485
Lincoln, NE 68501-7485

If you are filing in this category, you must send:

  • Your application to the immigration court;
  • A complete copy of the application to the appropriate U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of Chief Counsel; and
  • Complete copy of the application and filing fees to:

USCIS Texas Service Center
Attn: EOIR
6046 N Belt Line Rd.
Suite 485
Irving, TX 75038-0017

For more information, read thePre-Order Instructions (PDF, 178.54 KB).

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This does not apply to applicants in exclusion, deportation, or removal proceedings who are filing for adjustment of status based on T nonimmigrant status or U nonimmigrant status. We have exclusive jurisdiction over these adjustment of status applications. Please see instructions above to determine the USCIS filing locations for these adjustment of status applications.

FAQs

How do I know where my i-485 is being processed? ›

If you want a case status update about your application, you can: Go to our Case Status Online page and use your Form I-485 receipt number to look up your case status. Submit a case inquiry if you think your application is outside of our normal processing times. Call our USCIS Contact Center at 800-375-5283.

Where do I file my I-485 in Texas? ›

3. An I-485 filed concurrently with an I-140 (but without a Premium Processing request) should be sent to the Dallas Lockbox (USCIS, PO Box 660867, Dallas, TX 75266) regardless of where the applicant is living.

What does it mean we approved your Form I-485 Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status? ›

Form I-485 is officially called the "Adjustment of Status Application". You can submit Form I-485 if you are eligible for a green card and entered the United States on a valid nonimmigrant visa. Filing Form I-485 allows you to register lawful permanent residence.

How do I submit an adjustment of status? ›

If you are in the United States and are eligible for adjustment of status, you may file a Form I-485. Go to the Form I-485 instructions and the web page for your immigrant category for instructions on how to complete your application and properly file it with USCIS.

How Long Does It Take I-485 to be approved 2022? ›

This usually takes 8 to 14 months after filing. If your application is approved, USCIS will mail your green card to you shortly after your adjustment of status interview.

Which USCIS service center is faster for I-485? ›

The current i485 processing time for an employment-based green card is 10 months to 4 years at California Service Center. USCIS Nebraska and Texas service centers are processing adjustment of status to Permanent Resident applications faster than California within 10 months to 2 years.

Where should I send my USCIS application? ›

  • USCIS Chicago Lockbox.
  • U.S. Postal Service (USPS): USCIS. Attn: V & L. P.O. Box 7219. Chicago, IL 60680-7219.
  • FedEx, UPS, and DHL deliveries: USCIS. Attn: V & L (Box 7219) 131 South Dearborn-3rd Floor. Chicago, IL 60603-5517.
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Where to file I-485 and i-130 concurrently? ›

You must file Form I-485 via mail to a USCIS service center. If you and your relative are filing Form I-130 and Form I-485 together, you can still file Form I-130 online, but you must physically send Form I-485 to the correct USCIS Service Center.

Where to mail i-130 and I-485? ›

I-130/I-485 Concurrent Filing
U.S. Postal ServiceExpress Mail and Courier:
USCIS Attn: I-130 P.O. Box 650264 Dallas, TX 75265-0264USCIS Attn: I-130 (Box 650264) 2501 S. State Hwy, 121 Business Suite 400 Lewisville, TX 75067-8003
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How long does it take to receive green card after I-485 approval? ›

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET A GREEN CARD? After filing Form I-485, Application to Adjust Status, and related forms, your I-485 processing time can take anywhere from 8 to 14 months. The basis of your adjustment of status (e.g. family, employment, asylum, etc.) will be a significant factor.

What happens after form I-485 is approved? ›

Upon approval, the applicant is mailed a Form I-551, Permanent Resident Card. The date the Form I-485 is approved becomes the date of adjustment, which in turn determines how soon the newly adjusted Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) may apply for U.S. citizenship. Permanent Resident Cards are valid for ten years.

How long does it take for I-485 to be approved 2021? ›

You can expect the total I-485 processing time to be at least 8 to 14 months. It may take four to six weeks for USCIS to accept your application and send you a confirmation receipt. You then will receive notice of your biometrics appointment, which you must attend. Planning to file an immigration application?

How long does Adjustment of Status Take 2022? ›

The longest processing time for a green card is often the wait for a priority date to become current. Once this is over, the adjustment of status processing time will usually take between 6 months and 12 months from the day you file your I-485 to the day you receive your approval (or denial) notice.

How long are adjustment of status taking right now? ›

The adjustment of status timeline is generally 8 to 14 months for family-based applications (and often longer for other application types). However, the most significant advantage to adjusting status is that the intending immigrant may remain in the United States with family during the process.

How much does Adjustment of Status cost? ›

For most applicants, the fee is $1,140, plus an $85 biometrics fee. If you're under 14 and filing with one of your parents' I-485s, you'll pay $995; if you're under 14 and filing on your own, you'll pay the full $1,140. The biometrics fee is waived if you're under 14, or if you're aged 79 or more.

Is USCIS approving I-485 without interview? ›

All adjustment of status applicants must be interviewed by an officer unless the interview is waived by USCIS. The decision to waive the interview should be made on a case-by-case basis. The interview enables USCIS to verify important information about the applicant to determine eligibility for adjustment.

Can I travel while I-485 is in process? ›

If your current status is H1B or H-4

Adjustment applicants who are in valid H-1B status, and their dependents, can travel abroad and reenter the United States in H status while an I-485 is pending, without having to obtain advance parole.

Which USCIS office is the fastest? ›

The most efficient U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services field office is also stated to be in Cleveland. The USCIS office efficiency is reflected in the highest backlog completion of 71.3%, and the nation's shortest average processing time, which is only four months. Almost nobody waited longer than 12.3 months.

Will USCIS speed up 2022? ›

Form I-130 (officially called the “Petition for Alien Relative”): There is a net trend from FY 2017 until FY 2021 of increasing processing times, with an average increase of 1-2 months until FY 2022, where processing times average 9.8 months.

Is there a Premium Processing for I-485? ›

However, keep in mind that premium processing can only be used for the I-140 petition and is not able to be used with the I-485 or any other form in the employment-based green card timeline. It also does not increase your chances of having your petition approved and it does not affect your priority date waiting time.

How long does it take to have an interview after Biometrics 2022? ›

Many people expect to receive a response or next steps from the USCIS within a few weeks of their biometrics appointment. Unfortunately, the wait will be much longer than this. Typically, it can take anything between 5 and 10 months before you get a notice for your green card interview, for example.

What is the best way to send documents to USCIS? ›

Mail your forms to the address listed on that form's webpage. You may submit your forms through USPS, FedEx, DHL, or UPS. If you mail your applications, petitions, or requests to the wrong filing location, we may reject it as improperly filed and return it to you to re-file.

How long does USCIS mail take to arrive? ›

Generally, the text/email confirmation (if requested when filing the application) is normally received within 7-10 days of filing the application. The paper Receipt Notice is received by mail from USCIS normally within 2-3 weeks of filing the application.

How do you address a letter to USCIS? ›

Include your current postal address. Date the letter. Name the USCIS and note the petition number. (Line 1: "USCIS", line 2: "Attn: I-130".)

Can I-130 and I-485 be filed simultaneously? ›

The Petition for Alien Relative, Form I-130, and the Application to Register Permanent Residence, Form I-485, may be filed concurrently if you are already in the U.S. and meet certain eligibility guidelines.

Do I need to file Form I-130 and I-485 together? ›

Only in the first instance, however, is it possible to submit applications concurrently. In other words, some applicants can submit Form I-130, the visa petition, together with Form I-485, which is the USCIS application for "adjustment of status" within the United States.

How Long Does It Take I-130 to be approved 2022? ›

Form I-130 Processing Times

For immediate relatives (spouse, unmarried child under 21 or parent) of a U.S. citizen living abroad, the wait times for Form I-130 are currently between 7.5-13.5 months.

How much does it cost to file I-130 and i-485 together? ›

Concurrent Filing I-130 and I-485 Fees
Form I-130$535
Form I-485$1,225
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Can I-485 be denied after I-130 is approved? ›

If Your I-130 Petition is Approved, But Your I-485 Application is Denied. It's also possible that your marriage-based petition could be approved, but your I-485 application for permanent residence is denied.

Is it better to file I-130 online or by mail? ›

Submitting documents online is naturally faster than sending them through the mail. However, nothing else about the Form I-130 process is different. Filing the form online does not speed up the government's review process, nor does it change what authorities want to see.

Are green card interviews being waived 2022? ›

Apr 7, 2022

The Biden administration's U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) updated its Policy Manual Thursday to allow immigration officers to waive removal of conditions interviews for some family-based immigrants with conditional green cards.

Can immigration judge approved 485? ›

Once USCIS approves the I-130, the immigration judge will accept and make a decision on Form I-485, Application to Adjust Status or Register Permanent Residence. When reviewing the I-485, the immigration judge may apply special rules for persons who are adjusting status in court rather than through USCIS.

Can I travel outside U.S. with EAD card? ›

With an approved OPT application and your EAD card, you may travel internationally, and request entry into the U.S in F-1 status when you return, both before or after the start date on your EAD card.

Is I 485 Approval same as green card? ›

The Physical Green Card, Itself

The Notice of Approval, Form I-797, is the document issued to successful applicants for Adjustment of Status to Permanent Residence (Form I-485). However, it is not this document that actually changes the person's status and “makes” one a permanent resident.

Can I work while I 485 is pending? ›

If you currently live in the United States and want to work for a U.S. employer while your family-based green card application (Form I-485) is pending, you will need a work permit first.

How long does it take to receive a green card after it is approved? ›

It may take up to 90 days from the date you entered to receive your permanent resident card. You entered the U.S. using your immigrant visa, You paid the immigrant visa fee AFTER you entered, It may take up to 90 days from the date you made your payment to receive your permanent resident card.

Where do I file i485? ›

You may file Form I-485 and Form I-140 together at the USCIS Dallas Lockbox.

Which gets approved first I 130 or I-485? ›

In most cases, you must wait until I-130 approval before filing an I-485 application. However, there are two exceptions to this rule: Current filing is allowed for all immediate relatives of U.S. citizens because there is an unlimited number of visas for this group; and.

Why is USCIS taking so long to process 2022? ›

Jaddou on agency-wide backlog reduction efforts and processing times on Wednesday, May 18, 2022, from 2-3 p.m. Eastern. COVID-19 restrictions, fiscal issues, a hiring freeze, and other factors have greatly exacerbated processing delays and backlogs, and placed burdens on applicants and petitioners.

How do I know what field office is processing my case? ›

You will know which center is processing your case by looking at the first three letters of your receipt number on your receipt notice.

How long does it take to schedule an interview for I-485? ›

The Interview

The appointment notice will come in the mail within 6 months or sooner after filing. USCIS will give the applicants a few weeks notice to get everything together before the big day.

Can you travel while I-485 is pending? ›

If your current status is H1B or H-4

Adjustment applicants who are in valid H-1B status, and their dependents, can travel abroad and reenter the United States in H status while an I-485 is pending, without having to obtain advance parole.

Can I-485 be expedited? ›

Expedited processing for Form I-485

Premium processing is not available for Form I-485, but you may be able to request expedited processing through the USCIS Contact Center.

Will USCIS speed up 2022? ›

Form I-130 (officially called the “Petition for Alien Relative”): There is a net trend from FY 2017 until FY 2021 of increasing processing times, with an average increase of 1-2 months until FY 2022, where processing times average 9.8 months.

Which Uscis field office is the fastest? ›

The most efficient U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services field office is also stated to be in Cleveland. The USCIS office efficiency is reflected in the highest backlog completion of 71.3%, and the nation's shortest average processing time, which is only four months. Almost nobody waited longer than 12.3 months.

How many cases does USCIS process in a day? ›

According to documents obtain by The Washington Post, USCIS is creating the “Organization of Professional Responsibility” to enhance oversight of the way its employees handle the more than 26,000 cases the agency decides each day.

Are green card interviews being waived 2022? ›

Apr 7, 2022

The Biden administration's U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) updated its Policy Manual Thursday to allow immigration officers to waive removal of conditions interviews for some family-based immigrants with conditional green cards.

How long does Adjustment of Status Take 2022? ›

The longest processing time for a green card is often the wait for a priority date to become current. Once this is over, the adjustment of status processing time will usually take between 6 months and 12 months from the day you file your I-485 to the day you receive your approval (or denial) notice.

Is USCIS approving I-485 without interview? ›

All adjustment of status applicants must be interviewed by an officer unless the interview is waived by USCIS. The decision to waive the interview should be made on a case-by-case basis. The interview enables USCIS to verify important information about the applicant to determine eligibility for adjustment.

Can you travel if your green card is in process? ›

If you submit the Form I-131 with your green card application and it is approved by the USCIS you are essentially authorized to travel in and out of the US while your green card is being processed.

Can I leave U.S. while waiting for green card? ›

If you leave the United States while your green card application is pending and you don't have a travel document, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will consider your green card application abandoned and will deny it.

Can you travel after filing adjustment of status? ›

Can you travel during this period? Generally speaking, adjustment applications will need to obtain an advance parole document in order to travel outside the U.S. while their Form I-485 (the application for a Green Card, or adjustment of status) is pending.

How long does it take for I-485 to be approved 2021? ›

You can expect the total I-485 processing time to be at least 8 to 14 months. It may take four to six weeks for USCIS to accept your application and send you a confirmation receipt. You then will receive notice of your biometrics appointment, which you must attend. Planning to file an immigration application?

How long does it take for 485 to be approved? ›

Form I-485 Processing Time Summary

After filing Form I-485, Application to Adjust Status, and related forms, your I-485 processing time can take anywhere from 8 to 14 months. The basis of your adjustment of status (e.g. family, employment, asylum, etc.) will be a significant factor.

How long does expedited green card take? ›

It can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks to hear back on your expedite request. Usually, though, you will hear back on an expedite request in about ten days. If USCIS approves your expedite request, you will probably receive a decision on your application one to two weeks later.

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