There is very little about immigration that is stress-free. Some of the most stressful aspects of immigration include filling in lengthy, time consuming forms. But there are ways to help combat stress when you are filing immigration forms such as form I-485.
Immigration form fees have increased a great deal within the last few years, some more than three times what they once were! As of this writing, Form I-485 costs $930. This fee does not include any of the related biometric fees that apply to some categories of immigrants. If you and your family are on a tight budget, this form fee will hardly diminish your money worries. But if you are on a budget, start to put money aside weeks or months before you have to file Form I-485. This will help to decrease stress levels as your deadline to submit Form I-485 looms.
Read the Related Information Carefully
I would strongly advise immigrants to read the related information for Form I-485 thoroughly before putting pen to paper. There are 9 informational pages in total that relate to Form I-485. While this stack of information can seem rather overwhelming and daunting, it should not be. Not all 9 pages will relate to your specific circumstances. Some of the information refers to what to do if you are an asylum seeker, refugee or if you entered the country on a K-1 Fiancé(e) Visa. Read through the information pages, but pick out what relates to you personally and using a highlighter pen, mark what is relevant for your particular application. This will greatly cut down on the amount of information that you have to read and you will even find the stress levels going down too.
Answer All Questions
Not all questions that are asked are relevant. But that does not mean to say that you should leave any blank spaces. If a certain question is not applicable to you, then simply state “N/A”. If another question asks you how many children or ex-spouses you have, but you do not have any children or ex-spouses, then simply state “none”. Go over your answers once you have completed the form just to make sure that you did not leave any spaces blank. Ask your spouse or a friend to double check that you have filled in the form fully and correctly.
Sign the Form
When you are wound up and feeling very stressed, it is easy to make careless mistakes such as forgetting to sign your name. Children under the age of 14 will need to have a parent or guardian sign for them, but adults will need to sign their own form.
These suggestions are intended as a guide to help reduce the stress and anxiety that comes from filling in immigration forms. It will not completely eliminate stress; only the acceptance and approval of a case by USCIS will do that.