Adjustment of Status, RFE
The following guide is intended for applicants of adjustment of status in the United States.
GenerallyAdjustment of status is the process that you can use to apply for lawful permanent resident status (also known as applying for a Green Card) when you are present in the United States. This means that you may get a Green Card without having to return to your home country to complete visa processing.
Determine EligibilityThe eligibility requirements for adjustment of status vary depending on the immigrant category you are applying under. The first step in the adjustment of status process is to determine if you fit into a specific category.
Available VisaMost people who apply for a Green Card will need to complete at least two forms--an immigrant petition and a Green Card application. Normally you need a petitioning sponsor to apply for you, although you may be eligible to file for yourself in some cases. Once you have determined that you are eligible to file for adjustment of status and that you have a visa available, you may begin the process of applying.
Request for EvidenceIf additional information is needed to process your petition for adjustment of status, USCIS may send you a request for additional evidence if:
You did not submit all the required evidence;
The evidence you submitted is no longer valid; or
The officer needs more information to determine your eligibility.
The request will indicate what evidence is needed. The request will also tell you where to send the evidence and the date by when you must respond to the request. If you do not respond to the request timely, the officer may deny your Form I-485. Not all applicants receive a request for additional evidence.