What happens after your I-130 is approved and your I-485 is pending?

Receiving approval for your I-130 petition is a significant step in the immigration process. What should you expect next while your I-485 is pending?


Once your I-130 (Petition for Alien Relative) is approved and your I-485 (Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status) is pending, there are several important steps and considerations to keep in mind:

  1. Receipt Notice: After filing your I-485, you will receive a receipt notice from USCIS. This notice confirms that your application has been received and is being processed.
  2. Biometrics Appointment: USCIS will schedule a biometrics appointment for you to provide fingerprints, photographs, and a signature. This is a routine part of the background check process.
  3. Work and Travel Authorization: While your I-485 is pending, you can apply for Employment Authorization (EAD) and Advance Parole (AP) using Form I-765 and Form I-131. These documents allow you to work in the U.S. and travel abroad while waiting for your green card.
  4. USCIS Interview: In most cases, USCIS will require an interview as part of the adjustment of status process. You will receive an appointment notice with the date, time, and location of your interview. During the interview, a USCIS officer will review your application and verify the information provided.
  5. Medical Examination: If not already submitted, you may need to complete a medical examination by a USCIS-approved physician and submit Form I-693. This is to ensure you meet the health-related requirements for a green card.
  6. Decision: After the interview and any additional requested information or documentation, USCIS will make a decision on your I-485 application. You will receive a notice of their decision. If approved, you will receive your green card in the mail.
  7. Monitoring Case Status: Regularly check the status of your case online through the USCIS website using your receipt number. This will keep you informed of any updates or requests for additional information.
  8. Legal Assistance: Navigating the immigration process can be complex and challenging. Having an experienced immigration attorney can help ensure all your paperwork is in order, prepare you for your interview, and address any issues that arise during the process.

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