USCIS Releases New Form I-485


Today, USCIS published a new version of Form I-485, along with updated Supplements A and J. The new edition date for each form is 06/26/2017. Effective August 25, 2017, USCIS will only accept the new editions of the forms. USCIS will continue to accept the existing 01/17/2017 editions of the forms in the meantime.

In its announcement, USCIS stated, "The new Form I-485 and instructions have been substantially updated to reduce complexity after collecting comments from the public and stakeholders." The most notable change is that the updated form incorporates the information from the existing Form G-325A, eliminating the need for a separate form. USCIS also added new admissibility questions and made formatting changes designed to improve the flow, organization, and readability of the form. Finally, the new form includes a list of filing categories from which the applicant will identify the specific category under which he or she is applying for permanent residence.

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