I-485 Visa Checklist

Top 3 benefits of our I-485 Visa Checklist:

  1. Use our I-485 Visa Checklist to complete your immigration petition with all the required documents.  It can be devastating to get a denial of your immigration petition or Request for Evidence (RFE) which can significantly delay your approval.
  2. Gather all of your evidence and documents in one place.  It will save you lots of time later as you prepare your immigration petition and supporting documentation.
  3. Identify areas where you may need to have more evidence to obtain an approval of your petition by USCIS.


I-485 Visa Checklist


  • I-485 Application for Adjustment of Status
  • I-944 Declaration of Self-Sufficiency, if applicable; and
  • I-864 Affidavit of Support.

Note: I-485 Needs to be completed for each applicant (primary Beneficiary and Dependents)  



  • Make sure the petition is properly signed and filed. USCIS will not accept a stamped or typewritten name in place of a signature.



Note: Check current fees as they may change: https://www.uscis.gov/forms/filing-fees

  • $1,225 for each applicant ages 14 – 78 
  • $750 for each applicant under the age of 14
  • Make the check or money order for the USCIS filing fees payable to “U.S. Department of Homeland Security” Do not use the initials “USDHS” or “DHS.” 




Note: You may submit legible photocopies of documents requested, unless the Instructions specifically state that you must submit an original document.


  • a copy of Form I-797, Approval or Receipt Notice, for the immigrant petition (unless you are concurrently filing the immigrant petition with your Form I-485).



  • Two identical color passport photographs for each applicant with name and date of birth written in pencil on back (add A# if available); 


Photocopy of a government-issued identity document that has their photograph; and

  • Passport (even if it is expired);
  • Driver’s License; or
  • Military Identification. 
  • Current or previous Visas;
  • I-94;
  • Birth Certificate; 
  • Marriage Certificate and Divorce Certificates, if applicable;
  • Proof of legal name change, if you have changed your name; and


For the Primary Applicant:

  • Inspection and admission, or inspection and parole documentation or Form I-485 Supplement A.
  • Evidence of lawful status since arriving in the United States (or that you are exempt under 245(k) from the INA 245(c)(2), (7) and (8) bars);
  • Confirmation of job offer or a signed statement confirming you intend to work in the occupational field specified in the Form I-140, if you are a self-petitioner;
  • Certified police and court records of all criminal charges, arrests, or convictions regardless of final disposition, if applicable; and
  • Form I-566, Interagency Record of Request – A, G, or NATO Dependent Employment Authorization or Change/Adjustment to/from A, G, or NATO Status (only if you have A, G, or NATO nonimmigrant status). 


WAIVERS, with supporting documents, if applicable:

  • Form I-601, Waiver of Inadmissibility;
  • Form I-212, Application for Permission to Reapply for Admission into the United States After Deportation or Removal (if applicable); and/or
  • Form I-508, Waiver of Diplomatic Rights, Privileges, Exemptions, and Immunities.



  • If a student, include I-20, Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status; and
  • Any other immigration related documents showing a previous immigration visa or current valid immigration status.



  • All foreign documents should be translated into English by someone who is sufficient as required by USCIS.



  • Last three years tax returns and/or IRS Transcripts;
  • Employment verification letter verifying the principal applicant’s salary and permanent full-time employment;
  • Credit Score;
  • Bank Statements showing financial assets;
  • Other documents showing financial assets if income is below poverty line; and
  • Tax returns and financial assets documents for Joint-Sponsor, if applicable.