Green Card
Application

Forms, Evidence, Fees

What forms to submit, evidence to provide and fees to pay for a U.S. family-based green card.

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Key Goals

Completed Forms
Forms

Applicable forms must be 100% complete, valid, consistent, logical, and showing eligibility.

Evidence and Instructions
Evidence

Supporting documents must be adequate, issued by the appropriate authority, and in English or translated.

Fees
Fees

The correct amount must be paid with an appropriate payment method.

Green Card Forms

Which forms are needed?

Sponsor Request

Form I-130 (and I-130A for spouses) is submitted by the sponsor on behalf of the applicant.

Applicant Request

Form I-485 (for adjustment of status) or form DS-260 (for consular processing) are submitted by the applicant.

Sponsor Support

Form I-864 (affidavit of support) is submitted by the sponsor.

Medical Examination

Form I-693 is completed by a designated doctor.

Electronic notifications (G-1145), optional forms such as employment authorization I-765 and Advance Parole I-131, as well as affidavit of support variants may also be part of the green card application.

What are successful forms?

100% complete

Are all the required questions answered?

Readable

Can U.S. immigration agencies read the answers on the form?

Valid

Are all answers using only permitted values?

Consistent

Do the same questions have exactly the same answers?

Logic

Do any answers contradict each other?

Eligibility

Are the answers compatible with eligibility criteria?

Green Card Evidence

What kind of evidence should be provided?

Adequate

Do the documents establish the sponsor’s status as well as the family relationship between sponsor and applicant?

Convincing

Are documents issued by the proper civil authority?

Used

Is the information contained in the documents identical to the information reported in the forms?

How should the evidence be presented in text?

Copies

Are all the documents copies of the original?

Translated

Are all non-English documents translated into English?

Attached

Are all documents relevant to a form attached to that form?

Fees

What are the fees and their appropriate payment method?

U.S. government requires that a correct amount must be paid with an appropriate payment method.

Fees vary depending on the form and might have related additional expenses such as doctor’s fees for a medical examination.