- Form I-485
In Part 2 of Form I-485, check box a. if you are filing on the basis of a filed or approved I-140 petition. Supplement A is not required unless you are in the United States illegally.
- Application fee
The current fee is $1,225 for each applicant, or $835 for each child under 14 who is filing with a parent. The fee covers biometrics (fingerprints) and any applications for employment (I-765) or travel authorization (I-131). You may pay by personal check, money order, or certified check, made payable to the Department of Homeland Security. Staple a separate check to each I-485 form.
Please check the Form I-485 instructions to confirm the fee amount before mailing.
- Two color passport photos
The photos must meet the Department of State’s requirements for passport photos. Print the applicant’s name on the back in pencil, place the photos in a separate envelope or plastic bag, and staple the bag or envelope to the I-485 form.
- Form G-325A
Form G-325A addresses biographic information.
- A sealed I-693 Form
A designated USCIS civil surgeon must complete and seal this form, which is a report of medical examinations and vaccination records. Students and spouses may use the designated civil surgeons at the IU Health Center. Download the form, review the vaccination requirements, and find a civil surgeon on USCIS’s Form I-693 page.
- Evidence of valid nonimmigrant status
Include the following:
- A photocopy of your most recent I-94 from your most recent entry into the United States
- A statement that lists all previous periods of stay and visa status in the United States, including copies of related documents (I-20s, IAP-66s, DS-2019s, I-797s), if possible
- Your Exchange Visitor waiver letter, if applicable
- Photocopies of your passport
Supply a photocopy of your passport ID page, expiration page, and all U.S. visa pages.
- A photocopy of your I-140 approval notice
Form I-140 is called the Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker. If your I-140 has been approved, include a copy of your I-797 approval notice. If your I-140 is pending, write “CONCURRENT FILING” on the cover sheet and mailing envelope and attach a copy of the I-140 Receipt Notice.
- A photocopy of your birth certificate
The birth certificate must show your parents’ names. A passport is not an acceptable substitute for a birth certificate. Learn more.
- A photocopy of your marriage license (if your spouse is applying)
Include this photocopy with your spouse’s documents.
If you have been married for fewer than two years, include evidence that the marriage is legitimate. Suggested items include any of the following:
- Documentation of joint ownership of property
- A lease showing that you are joint tenants in a common residence
- Documentation that shows mixing of your financial resources
- Birth certificates of your children
- Affidavits that have been sworn to or affirmed by third parties who have personal knowledge of the marriage’s legitimacy. Each affidavit must contain the person’s full name, address, date of birth, place of birth, relationship to you or your spouse (if any), and complete information and details about how the person acquired his or her knowledge of your marriage.
- Any other relevant documentation that will prove an ongoing marital union
- Photocopies of documents from previous marriages (if your spouse is applying)
If you or your spouse has been married before, include photocopies of any divorce decrees and death certificates from all previous marriages for both of you. These documents should be included with your spouse’s documents.
- A letter that confirms your current employment
Your hiring department can follow this format to compose the letter:
This is to certify that [Your Name] is a [Title] in the [Name of Department], Indiana University, [Campus]. His/her annual salary is $[Salary Amount] for the current academic year.
The department chair or administrative secretary may sign the letter.
- Form I-134 (if family members are applying)
You must complete Form I-134, an affidavit of support, on behalf of any family members who are also applying. Include the original form with your spouse’s documents, and include a copy with the documents for each additional dependent.
Employment-based applicants do not file Form I-864.
- Form G-1145 (if you want notification of receipt)
If you want confirmation that the USCIS facility receives your application, file Form G-1145 with your application. You will receive a text message, email, or both when USCIS receives your application. This service is free of charge.
- Form I-131 (if you plan to travel abroad)
You may have travel restrictions while your application for permanent residence is being processed, which can take a long time. If you plan to travel abroad, you will probably need to file Form I-131 to avoid canceling your application. If you do not currently have plans to travel abroad, you should still consider filing the I-131 in case you need to travel urgently.
You can file the I-131 with your I-485, or you can file the I-131 later with a photocopy of your I-485 receipt.
Learn more about travel while your application is being processed.
- Translations and a translator's certificate (if necessary)
All documents that are not in English must be translated. You should use a translator, such as a friend or colleague. You should not translate your own documents. The translation must be accompanied by a certification from the translator but does not have to be notarized. The following is an example of an acceptable certification:
I, [Name of Translator], hereby certify that I am competent to translate from the [Name of Language] language into English and that the attached/above is an accurate translation of the original [Birth/Marriage/Other] document.
Name of translator_________
- A cover sheet
Prepare a cover sheet that lists all of the documentation that is included in your application.