The processing time for Form I-485 will vary based on the application, USCIS caseload, and the whether the adjustment of the status application package is filed accurately.
After you adequately filed Form I-485, USCIS will send you an email confirming that your application arrived. This receipt notice, usually coming within two to three weeks, is known as Form I-797C, Notice of Action.
If you don’t file Form I-485 properly, USCIS will reject the application by sending you a Notice of Action or, you can receive a Request for Evidence if USCIS needs additional documents. These are situations that will cause delays.
It is essential to correctly file your application package and submit all required supporting documents. Again, an experienced immigration attorney can help you.
Within two to three weeks after applying, you will receive a notice for a biometrics appointment.
Within five to eight weeks after filing, you will have a short biometrics screening.
Four to eight weeks after applying, you will receive a Form I-797, Notice of Action, to attend an interview to adjust your status as a permanent resident.
The next step is attending an adjustment of the status interview before the U.S. immigration officer, usually six to 12 months after filing I-485. You can get permanent residence right after the interview, or your green card may arrive about eight to 14 months.
In the event of a denial, USCIS will send you a notice explaining the reasons.
So, after having an insight on necessary steps that you will undertake after filing your Form I-485, Application to Adjust Status, you can see that I-485 processing time can take anywhere from 8 to 14 months. In addition, you can check your case status with your receipt number.