A friendly reminder emphasizes the importance of submitting all required initial evidence and supporting documentation concurrently with the filing of Form I-485, the Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status. Although the "Checklist of Required Initial Evidence" is an optional preparatory tool, adhering to its guidelines alongside statutory, regulatory, and form instruction requirements can save time and streamline the process.
This proactive approach can potentially eliminate the issuance of a Request for Evidence (RFE) for additional documentation, facilitating a smoother adjudication process and potentially averting delays associated with interviews.
Notably, time-saving is emphasized in submitting Form I-693, the Report of Medical
Examination and Vaccination Record, along with the Form I-485 filing. Generally considered valid for two years after the civil surgeon's signature date on Form I-693, there's a temporary waiver until March 31, 2023, for the requirement that the civil surgeon's signature be dated no more than 60 days before filing Form I-485.
Additionally, it's crucial to be aware that a new edition of Form I-485 (dated 12/23/22) was published on December 23, 2022. Submissions made on or after this date must use the updated form edition; otherwise, the filing risks rejection.
For further details on submission timelines and requirements, individuals can refer to the "When to File" and "What to Submit" sections on the Green Card for Immediate Relatives of U.S. Citizen page, as well as the "What to Submit" section of the Green Card for Family Preference Immigrants page. This comprehensive approach ensures adherence to guidelines and enhances the efficiency of the application process.