What Should I do While my Green Card Application is Pending With USCIS?

Obtaining a Green Card is one of the most exciting, and reassuring parts of the immigration process. However, it is perfectly normal to feel a bit unsettled while you wait to hear whether you may obtain a Green Card or not. If you are someone who has submitted their application and is waiting for your approval, you most likely have several questions. Some of the most commonly-asked questions regarding the Green Card approval process are as follows:

What should I do if I move while my case is pending with USCIS?

Those who move while their case is still pending must update their addresses with USCIS within 10 days of the move. Those who do not update their addresses will most likely not receive vital information regarding their particular case. To update your address, you may either do so through your USCIS online account, or you may file the Form AR-11, Alien’s Change of Address Card, using the USCIS Change of Address webpage.

How long will it take for USCIS to process a Form I-485?

Though it is subject to change, at this time, if you submit a Form I-485 in Brooklyn, your case may be processed anywhere from 16.5 months to 33.5 months.

How do I know the status of my case?

To get a status update, you can either visit USCIS’s Case Status Online page and enter your Form I-485 receipt number to look up your pending case’s status, submit a case inquiry with USCIS, or call USCIS at 800-375-5283.

What should I do if I need to leave the United States while my Form I-485 is pending?

Those who need to leave the country while their case is pending must file the Form I-131, Application for Travel Document. However, under most circumstances, if you leave the United States without an advance parole document while your Form I-485 is pending, you abandon your application and therefore will not be granted a Green Card. If you have any other immigration-related questions or concerns, reach out to our seasoned firm. We are happy to help.

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The Law Offices of Cheryl R. David practices immigration law throughout NYC. Immigration is a sensitive issue, which is why you should consider a compassionate, experienced, and aggressive immigration attorney who will guide you every step of the way. If you have questions about your particular matters regarding immigration please do not hesitate to contact our office to discuss your circumstances and options.