Avoid Processing Delays and RFEs: Submit All Required Evidence and Documentation with Form I-485

Save time by filing all required initial evidence and supporting documentation listed under the “Checklist of Required Initial Evidence” heading at the same time you file Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status. (The checklist is an optional tool to use as you prepare your form, but does not replace statutory, regulatory, and form instruction requirements). Submitting all required initial evidence and supporting documentation at the same time you file Form I-485 may eliminate the need for USCIS to issue a Request for Evidence (RFE)to obtain additional evidence and documentation. This may also help avoid adjudication delays if USCIS decide that you do not need to be interviewed.

In particular, save time by submitting Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record, when you file Form I-485. USCIS generally consider a completed Form I-693 to remain valid for two years after the date the civil surgeon signed Form I-693. Additionally, from Dec. 9, 2021 until March 31, 2023, USCIS is temporarily waiving the requirement that the civil surgeon’s signature be dated no more than 60 days before you file your Form I-485.

USCIS published a new edition of Form I-485 (edition date 12/23/22) on Dec. 23, 2022. If you file Form I-485 on or after Dec. 23, 2022, then you must use the 12/23/22 edition of Form I-485 or USCIS will reject your filing.

USCIS link: https://www.uscis.gov/newsroom/alerts/reminder-to-submit-all-required-initial-evidence-and-supporting-documentation-including-form-i-693

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