Once IFSS has obtained the I-140 approval notice, it is given to the employee to complete the last step of obtaining permanent residency. With the approved I-140, the employee has now become eligible to “adjust” from a non-immigrant to an immigrant status so long as a visa number is available. The Department of State (DOS) Visa Bulletin determines the employee’s ability to file the I-485 based on the priority date issued on the approved I-140. On the DOS Visa Bulletin webpage, there are two different bulletins: “Final Action Dates” and “Dates of Filing”. USCIS will determine which of these bulletins is used for each month. The DOS webpage provides a link to the USCIS webpage to figure out which one to use.
It is important to understand that, during this part of the process, IFSS cannot be involved since this is a personal application. While the University of Wisconsin petitions for an employee’s eligibility, it cannot actively assist after the I-140 has been approved (with the exception of the Supplement J; see below).
The employee may seek the assistance of an immigration attorney to prepare or review the I-485. IFSS can provide a partial list of immigration attorneys upon request, but cannot make recommendations. The list is not all inclusive nor does the employee have to use any of the attorneys on the list.
Filing Fees for this step can be found at USCIS.
Please remember: The University of Wisconsin cannot pay for any fees, whether they be lawyer or USCIS filing fees, associated with the I-485 application.
I-485 and Supplement J
This is an attestation by the employer that the employee is working in the job offered to them in the Form I-140. The employee should contact IFSS when preparing the I-485 for submission to request this form, if the Supplement J was not provided with the I-140 approval.