We filed your adjustment of status application based on an approved
labor certification, and ....
You have your I-485 Receipt........
WHAT IT MEANS
- Your application for adjustment of status is pending with the
- You have applied for immigrant status
- Your application is based on the labor certification and
preference petition filed by your employer (or your spouse's
IF YOU LEAVE THE U.S.
- Your application for adjustment of status will be
abandoned, unless you either have an approved
"advance parole" before you leave, or you are currently in
H or L status, and reenter the U.S. in valid H or L status - using a
valid H or L visa. (Visa requirement does not apply to
IF YOU ARE WORKING
- You must maintain your permission to work in the U.S.
- If you have an H-1b, it may be renewed while your I-485 is pending
- If you have an EAD, you may work on the EAD
- If you work for an employer other than the one sponsoring you for
your H or L status, you must have an EAD.
- If you work on the EAD for an employer other than the one
sponsoring you for H or L status, your H or L status is no longer
IF YOU HAVE AN EAD or ADVANCE PAROLE
- If you have a valid H-1b, or L-1 visa in your passport,
you may use it to return to the U.S. to continue your H or L status
- and do not have to use your advance parole to come back.
- If you are an H-4 and have worked in the U.S. on an EAD, you must
use your advance parole, and not your visa, to return to the
U.S. If you have not worked, you may return to the U.S.
without the advance parole, using your valid visa- provided your
spouse (parent) is maintaining their H-1b status.
- If you are an L-2 and have worked on an EAD that you obtained as
an L-2, and that EAD is still valid, you may return to the U.S.
using your visa. However, if you have worked based on an EAD
you obtained with the filing ofyour I-485 - you must use the advance
parole to return, and not your visa. If your spouse is not
maintaining L-1 status, you must use the advance parole to return to
- If you work in the U.S. for an employer other than your H-1b or L-1
sponsor, you MUST use the advance parole to return to the U.S., and
you must have an EAD to continue working.
- If you are an L-1 or an H-1b and return to the U.S. using your
advance parole, your spouse and children can no longer travel
using their L-2 or H-4 visas - they must have advance paroles.
If you have H or L status
- If you leave the U.S. and apply for a new H or L visa, you may
return using that visa instead of the advance parole
- If your H or L visa has expired, and you don't obtain a new visa
while abroad, you can only return using your advance parole.
How long will it be before..........
- If we applied for an EAD on your behalf, it should be approved in
90 days or less.
- Advance parole processing time may be checked here: the USCIS for approximate processing
- If your company's I-140 has not yet been approved, we anticipate
it may be six months to one year before it is adjudicated.
- If you don't yet have a social security number valid for
employment authorization, you can apply for one based on your
approved EAD. It may be several weeks after the EAD is
approved before the Social
Security database is updated with information from the USCIS