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    I-485 Filing Checklist

    A lot of folks have become current or will get current in October, So i wanted to put together a I-485 Filing checklist for easy reference.

    Here is the checklist i found on internet, Please feel free to add anything as needed

    Checklist of forms and supporting documents for I-485
    Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status

    Form I-485 (type or print in black ink, answer all questions, use N/A or "none" when necessary, and don't forget to sign it!);
    Form I-485A, Supplement A, if filed under 245(i);
    Fee payment checks;
    Form G-325A, Biographic Information Sheet, for applicants between 14 and 79 years of age;
    Approval notice for I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker;
    Form I-693, Medical Examination, signed and sealed by a designated physician;
    Form G-28, if you have an attorney representing your case;
    Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization (EAD), optional but recommended;
    Form I-131, Application for Travel Document (Advance Parole - AP), optional but recommended;
    Form I-864, Affidavit of Support, if applicable;
    Passport photos, 2"x2" full face color frontal view on a white or off-white background (although USCIS now uses your photos taken during fingerprint appointment);
    Birth certificate, or other records of your birth (for example, notarized birth documents for Chinese nationals);
    Passport pages with non-immigrant visas (some immigration lawyers ask for copies of all pages, just to be safe);
    Arrest and criminal history. Even if no charges were filed, or all charges were dismissed, or any conviction was vacated, sealed, expunged or otherwise removed from your record, they still need to be reported and accompanied with certified documents and court orders. Consult an immigration attorney if you are not sure whether a particular incident was considered an arrest;
    Form I-134, Affidavit of Support, if you file as a derivative, (this is different from I-864);
    Employment verification letter from sponsoring employer, on a company letterhead, stating your salary, position and the job is still available;
    Tax returns for the previous two years;
    W-2 forms for the previous two years;
    Recent pay stubs;
    Degree certificates;
    All previous EAD's including student practical training;
    All I-94 cards used to enter the US;
    All I-20 and I-797 forms, required by some law firms;

    If I-485 is filed concurrently with I-140, add:

    Form I-140 or receipt of a pending I-140;
    A labor certification or request for a national interest waiver;
    Supporting cover letter from employer;
    Employment verification letters from previous jobs;
    Other evidence that you meet LC requirements;
    Evidence that the employer has the ability to pay the wage.

    Note 1: This is not an exclusive list, rather it is for references only. Each case is unique, and each law firm may have different requirements.

    Note 2: Unless specifically stated that original documents are required, legible photocopies should be used for all supporting documents.

    Note 3: Any document containing foreign language shall be accompanied by a full English language translation which the translator has certified as complete and accurate. The translator must also certify he or she is competent to translate from the foreign language into English

    Source: Various internet sites

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    thank you ji... helps a lot...

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    Lightbulb I-485 Documentation

    In our own interest, all folks with dates up to June 2008 should get your documents squared away.

    Dig into your files, bags and safes and make sure you have everything you need.
    Look at the I 485 filing instructions and it will give you a good idea of what you need.
    Then read through forms I-485, I-131, I-765 and G- 325 A and you will know all the information you should have handy as well.

    Another important step is to make sure you have you immunizations current and documented.
    To see al the stuff you need for the medical check up you can read through instructions for form I 693.

    Getting you immunizations in order through PCP or if you have occupational health at you workplace will save you time and money.

    You also need 6 passport photographs, that however, can be done easily at the last minute. Costco actually does an excellent job.

    I expect as you see our wise guides predict a lot of unpredictable movement in the dates.

    If we are ready to file and then file applications which are well prepared and documented, it will enable easier approvals, fewer RFE's and faster date movement for the people behind us in line. Especially now since they do not have a bunch of pre-approved applications.

    This is one thing that will benefit the applicant as well as the people behind us as well.

    Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by evoori View Post
    I am already feeling fresh and energitic with this new thread.. May this new (year) thread brings good luck (GC) to all of us..
    Amen!! I called my attorney to get all my documents ready.. this year is gonna be a good one.. I'm feeling it.. As I had said earlier.. I have my "I'm Greened" email ready dated 07/31/2012.. My PD is 02/2008..

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    Lightbulb I-485 Documentation Discussion

    Question
    My passport expired in May 2010 and I didn't renew it till Oct 2010 (my bad). My I-94 is valid from Nov 2009-Nov 2012. Can there be any issues with AOS since my passport was expired for about 5 months? I am worried

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    Bank statements

    Guys,
    Is it required to provide bank statements for 485 filing? I do not have this in my checklist, but my colleague has it in his checklist by his attorney? I am surprised. can anyone help?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingcaeser View Post
    Guys,
    Is it required to provide bank statements for 485 filing? I do not have this in my checklist, but my colleague has it in his checklist by his attorney? I am surprised. can anyone help?
    this is only for applying under family quota...we are doing it in employment quota which doesnt need this... no affadivit of support needed...it is a generalised checklist which has this...my checklist has it too...
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    You do not need Bank statements. You will need last years W2 (2010) and last three months pay slips.

    Quote Originally Posted by kingcaeser View Post
    Guys,
    Is it required to provide bank statements for 485 filing? I do not have this in my checklist, but my colleague has it in his checklist by his attorney? I am surprised. can anyone help?

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    Lightbulb I-485 Documentation Discussion

    Quote Originally Posted by nishant2200 View Post
    Only purpose of bank statement is to show you and wife holding joint account, to prove marriage. You can alternatively provide lease agreement of house with you both on it, or title of home with both names on it, if you have purchased a home. Of course marriage certificate.

    I have only seen this kind of detailed query for Marriage proof when wife applies seperately. If you both apply together, and you have marriage certificate, and tax returns of at least one year show you both as joint return, there should not be any query.

    ps: I am stuck at work in something today, and unable to view forum much.
    very good point...yes this is the only exception but in many cases this is only asked during interview and not while applying for 485...

    aur nishant bhaiya... itni choti si time mein bhi kitna useful info deethe ho aap...
    Last edited by soggadu; 10-06-2011 at 04:15 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nishant2200 View Post
    My personal approach is that I will stay put, and when dates get current, will immidiately take an appointment. There is no need to rush. This is not july 2007 where tons of people are calling doctor offiices for appointment.

    What I have done in advance is shortlisted the civil surgeon I want to go to. I called up 3 civil surgeons, asked their charges and approach, and really liked one of them's attitudes and have selected him.
    Nishanth,
    I am also from LA area and will appreciate if you can PM me the doctor's name and charges they have quoted. That will help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nishant2200 View Post
    Excellent.

    btw, It's good that doctors here take credit card
    This guy clearly said only cash and he gave me next day appointment. so did not even bother for money . Btw he is at boston

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    Found this link useful to file the document.

    http://www.visajourney.com/content/examples

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    Quote Originally Posted by indiaeb2 View Post
    This guy clearly said only cash and he gave me next day appointment. so did not even bother for money . Btw he is at boston
    wov only cash. such a freaking business. Anyways got to do what has to do. No eating outside in upcoming weeks.

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    Hi Guys,

    Does the Employment Verification Letter need to be Original or is it just ok to send a scanned copy to Attorney?

    Quote Originally Posted by indiaeb2 View Post
    Update :
    Just got my medical done for me and my wife. It costed me $640 for both. Need to go back on saturday for blood work results and collect the envolpe.
    My employer has fedex my employer verification document
    Started to write forms.......i have few questions..need to check that
    Need to take xerox of documents

    Hopefully i should get all this done by this weekend and mail my package to attornety

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    Original. This is a very very important document.

    Quote Originally Posted by krishnav View Post
    Hi Guys,

    Does the Employment Verification Letter need to be Original or is it just ok to send a scanned copy to Attorney?

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    Quote Originally Posted by indiaeb2 View Post
    Found this link useful to file the document.

    http://www.visajourney.com/content/examples
    Dude .... Are you doing this all by urself? Whole 485 filing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by grnwtg View Post
    Is anybody here from Northern Virginia area who does medicals for reasonable price?
    I am not sure i will get current but, just wanted to be ready.
    Get chickenpox titer done through PCP & flu vaccine using your insurance
    Go to Alex. health department for MMR, tdap Free and arlington Health dept for TB Skin test $7 (chest Xray if needed - free if "no insurance" wink..wink.. to a resident)
    PM me for Dr's name - $150 (includes bloodtest)

    Total =150+7 + insurance copay

    Note: 1) Get tdap not td 2) 5 mm negative at health dept is a positive for immig purposes so one needs an Xray

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    No. My Attorney said fill what you know and she will take care of the rest. But looks like i have almost filed everything as its all our personal details. She will do the filing for me.

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    I think affidavit is not a big thing to worry. But, do anyone know the best & fastest way to get NAC ? As you know local officials are 10000% corrupted.

    Quote Originally Posted by needid View Post
    Called my attorney office to check on Affidavits for birth as we have our Birthdate registered last year. My attorney says if there is a secondary proof of birth( Tenth Marks Memo, PAN Card, Indian Driving licence) no need of affidavits. One less thing to worry.

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    Guys ,

    As a dependent on I 485 filing when it becomes current , do I need to provide all my historical H1's and H4's that I have had over the period of time .
    Or do I just submit only my latest current status which is H1 valid till 2013 . PD is Dec 2007 eb2-I

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    Any one please ?

    Quote Originally Posted by gc_usa View Post
    Hello folks,

    I don't have any record for Vaccination. Which vaccinations will I require for I 485 ?

    I found online that MMR , TdaP are required one if doc find no immune in blood work. Besides these any other required ?

    Also any doctor in NJ ( Northern or Central ) does it for cheap. I called two doc and they gave me 300 Per person for MMR , Blood work for Syphilis and office visit. If I need blood work for immune record or any other vaccination it may be 100 - 300 extra depends on how many I need. So min range 300 max range 600 they gave me.

    Looks like too high. I called my insurance and they do cover immunization as preventive care , my PCP is also does that. I just need to know which vaccinations we can get from PCP and have them ready for this civil surgeon so I don't need any from him.
    Any help ?

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    gc usa vaccination related questions are already answered under 485 directory. If not check 2011 thread.
    Quote Originally Posted by gc_usa View Post
    Any help ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Teja9999 View Post
    Thanks for the quick response, some one will be monitoring my mail everyday( i hope i wont miss anything) in that case can i postpone my finger print?
    Yes, you can... there is a checkbox on the FP notice that you have to check ( its for asking them to potpone your FP date). Also, write a cover letter explaining that you left for India/ are leaving for India, when you would be back and requesting for another FP date, after your date of arrival in US...... and also include a copy of your flight itinerary.
    Make sure this person whose monitoring your mail does this for you.
    Last edited by Monica12; 10-07-2011 at 12:18 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gc_usa View Post
    Hello folks,

    I don't have any record for Vaccination. Which vaccinations will I require for I 485 ?

    I found online that MMR , TdaP are required one if doc find no immune in blood work. Besides these any other required ?

    Also any doctor in NJ ( Northern or Central ) does it for cheap. I called two doc and they gave me 300 Per person for MMR , Blood work for Syphilis and office visit. If I need blood work for immune record or any other vaccination it may be 100 - 300 extra depends on how many I need. So min range 300 max range 600 they gave me.

    Looks like too high. I called my insurance and they do cover immunization as preventive care , my PCP is also does that. I just need to know which vaccinations we can get from PCP and have them ready for this civil surgeon so I don't need any from him.
    I booked with Sarita regulapati and she is charging 175 per person. Now once you go in, they will draw blood and check for all the vaccines you need... once the report comes out, you will know which ones u r missing... so dont sweat if you dont have any records...
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