The adjustment of status (AOS) process involves plenty of documentation. Like other routes to legal permanent residency status in the US, you need to provide identity documents and your application forms.
In this article, we’ll cover all the documentation you need for a successful AOS application.
Does AOS Documentation Differ from Other Immigration Documentation?
Generally, AOS documentation is the same as other immigration routes in that you need identity and USCIS-issued forms. The main difference (as we’ll explain below) is that you need to provide proof of entry into the US.
Documents for a Successful AOS Application
The clearest way to list the necessary documentation will be to separate it into documents for all and then specific things for principal applicants and dependents. That way, you should be able to work out which documents you’ll need.
Documents for All Applicants
The documents listed below should all be filed as part of your Form I-485 application. In this, you need to attach:
· Copy of your government ID with photograph;
· Two passport photographs (depending on what AOS category you are applying for);
· A copy of your birth certificate;
· A copy of your expired passport, if it’s the one you used for initial entry into the US;
· Copies of your I-94 entry cards;
· Documents relating to your current nonimmigrant visa category;
· Records of criminal convictions, if applicable.
If some of your documents are missing (such as your birth certificate), you can instead submit supporting information. This might be medical records or proof of unavailability.
USCIS prefers this information to be submitted in PDF form rather than as physical copies. Note, though, that it’s worth you keeping copies or originals, as you’ll typically need to bring them to your AOS interview at a later stage of your application.
Documents for Principal Applicants
Along with everything listed above, principal applicants may need to prove their work history in the US, which depends on what type of AOS category the Applicant is applying for. If so, you need to provide your 2 most recent paystubs. Ideally, these should be dated as close to your submission as possible, but USCIS may ask for new paystubs later in your application.
For marriage-based AOS applications, USCIS will need a copy of your marriage certificate, as well as any divorce decrees if applicable.
If you’re self-petitioning for LPR status, you’ll also need to submit a copy of the previous year’s federal income tax return and a W-2. This is to prove that you have enough money to support yourself and/or dependents.
However, if you didn’t make enough money to meet the threshold, an attorney will be able to discuss your options on how you can proceed.
Documents for Dependents
If you’re applying for AOS for both yourself and your spouse, you might need to provide supporting documentation to confirm your marital status.
Other documentation can include:
· Evidence of joint mortgage (rent payments, lease agreements, mortgage statements);
· Copies of your driver’s licenses that show the same address;
· Financial records of joint liabilities – tax returns, joint bank accounts, insurance policies, utility bills;
· Photographs of you together.
If either of you has been married before, you may also have to show evidence of your divorce certificates and/or the death certificate of your previous spouse.
Final Thoughts on AOS Documentation
Gathering all the necessary documentation for an AOS application can be time-consuming, particularly if you have issues with items such as your birth certificate.
If you plan to submit an AOS application and need the help of a qualified immigration attorney, contact San Diego Immigration Law Office. We have helped numerous applicants convert their nonimmigrant visas into Green Cards.
Book a consultation with us to see how we can help. If you plan to adjust your status, San Diego Immigration Law Office is here for you, every step of the way.