Since the beginning of time, people have been traveling and immigrating to other nations for various reasons.  The United States is reputed for being a nation of immigrants and a melting pot.  Thus, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is the agency in charge of granting visas and other immigration benefits.  For any immigrant to be able to legally live and work in this country, a green card is needed and it may lead later to becoming a full-fledge citizen.

Whether you are requesting a green card through family, an employer or as a refugee / asylee, here are 4 steps to follow to file your application with the USCIS.

  1. Complete Form I-485

Form I-485 is the application to register for permanent residence status or adjust your status in the U.S.  This form will require all your biological information and your history.  So, if it sounds too complex to you, please ensure to ask for help either to a lawyer or a notary public.

2. Submit the filing fee (s)

Most applications filed with the USCIS require some fees that can vary from $1,140 for an adult and go up depending on the number and/or age of applicants.  Usually, you can submit your payment via a money order or a cashier’s check.  Also make sure to carefully read the instructions as to who you should write it to and how to attach your payment to your application.

3. Submit evidence

Depending on the reason for your claim to a green card, you will need to submit supporting documentation as proof.  This is when you may need to add the documents of family members or employers sponsoring you.  Moreover, depending on your unique circumstances, you may need to add some affidavits of support, bank statements etc.

4.Sign and file Form I-485

This is one of the most crucial steps not to be omitted.  No matter how well you filled out all the forms and how strong your supportive evidence, your application will not get processed if you forget to sign the application before mailing it out.  Your signature attests that you are truly the one who is applying for a green card.  You may also need the assistance of a notary public throughout the signature process. 

Feel free to contact Wendy’s Signature Service to receive knowledgeable and professional advice to file for your green card or any other immigration application.