Application for Permanent Residency - Form I-485

Form I-485 is the petition for permanent residency. This is the first step towards getting a Green Card, and is one of the more complicated immigration processes. For this reason, it is highly recommended that applicants retain the services of a qualified Immigration Lawyer.

How an Immigration Lawyer can Help with Form I-485

The first step in the process is a consultation with an immigration attorney. At the consultation, the applicant and lawyer will discuss several factors to determine eligibility for permanent residency. Many issues must be addressed ranging from any criminal history, financial situation, immigrant background and history, and even health concerns.

While no one of these factors will eliminate the possibility of eligibility, certain historical facts will require a specialist to argue for the applicant.

Extensive Documentation

The petition for permanent residency (form I-485), also known as an Adjustment of Status(AOS) and the following immigration process will require extensive documentation. An immigration Lawyer is prepared to gather all required evidence and documents to establish a strong case on behalf of the client applicant.

Interview Process

Additionally, to prepare the applicant for the interview process, an immigration lawyer can set up "mock interviews" and coach the applicant to answer all potentially problematic questions in the best manner possible, so as to not jeopardize the application.

Cost of Permanent Residency Application

USCIS Filing Fee: $930

USCIS Biometrics Fee: $80

Average Lawyer Retention Fees $1,500+

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