Form I-485 is rarely filed by itself. The list of the supporting documents that you should submit together with your Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, varies significantly depending on the basis of your application.
As a rule, a family-based adjustment of status packet additionally includes the following USCIS forms:
- Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, that should be filed together with Form I-485 (unless it has already been filed and approved previously).
- Form I-130A, Supplemental Information for Spouse Beneficiary, required only if Form I-130 is for your spouse.
- Form I-864, Affidavit of Support Under Section 213A of the INA, is required if your application is based a fiancé or family-based petition.
- Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record, which is necessary to prove that you are not inadmissible on health-related grounds. You may submit it simultaneously with the adjustment application or after you file your Form I-485 (thus you may avoid having to repeat the immigration medical examination as Form I-693 is time-limited).
- Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, is an optional form used to request permission to work in the USA.
- Form I-131, Application for Travel Document, is an optional form required only if you plan to travel outside the USA while your Form I-485 is still pending (including trips to Mexico and Canada).
Also, you will need the following supporting documents: two recent identical passport-style photographs; copy of the birth certificate; copy of a government-issued identity document with your photo; copies of any other previously approved applications; police clearances, if applicable.
Note that if you properly file Form I-485 and pay the required fees, you may file Form I-765 and Form I-131 without paying additional fees.
If you want to receive permanent resident status based on K-1 fiancé visa, please see the list of required documents in our article “How do I adjust status if I have a K-1 fiancé visa”.
If you are applying based on asylee or refugee status please consult the USCIS official website for additional details.