The Biden administration has announced that a new version of Form I-485 (Application for Adjustment of Status), which includes a new public charge portion and several additional questions, will be required starting on December 23, 2022, for all green card applications.
This is a major change, meaning the new version of Form I-485 will be required for all applications postmarked on or after the effective date. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) requirement for the new form version deviates significantly from the grace period it typically provides form updates. Based on the preview version of the updated Form I-485 released by USCIS, if an applicant answers “yes” to being subject to the public charge ground of inadmissibility on their form, they must provide information such as their household size, annual income, the total value of household assets and liabilities, the highest degree or level of education completed, and a list of work-related activities.
The Biden administration’s decision to implement this updated version of Form I-485 is a reminder that immigration policies and procedures are constantly changing. The mandatory use of this updated form will help to ensure accuracy in the application process and guarantee that individuals who meet all eligibility requirements can secure their green cards with minimal difficulty or delay. It is critical for prospective green card applicants to stay up-to-date on these changes so they can successfully navigate the process.
All prospective green card applicants need to become familiar with these changes and make sure they understand what documents are required when filing Form I-485. Failure to do so may result in a denial of their application or an unnecessary delay in processing time. Additionally, individuals should consult with an immigration attorney if they have any questions related to Form I-485 or the public charge ground of inadmissibility. By being aware of the new requirements and understanding the implications, green card applicants can ensure that their applications are processed efficiently.
To conclude, the introduction of Form I-485 provides a fair opportunity for all green card applicants. Not only does it provide greater accuracy in processing applications, but it also ensures that those who meet all eligibility requirements can secure their green cards quickly and easily. Prospective green card applicants need to stay informed on changes related to Form I-485 and take any necessary steps to ensure their applications are complete and accurate before submitting them.
Schedule a consultation with a Direct U.S. Immigration attorney, if you have questions relating to how this change may affect your case.