San Francisco District Office Changes Its Filing Procedures

The INS San Francisco District Office (“SFDO”) has notified that it is changing its system for filings of adjustment applications and EAD renewal applications. As of August 2, 2002, that INS office is no longer accepting applications filed through the AILA filing system.  As of August 12, 2002, the SFDO will no longer accept walk-in applications. A mail-in system officially begins on August 12, 2002.  If you mail-in an application before August 12, 2002, it will not be looked at or stamped as received until August 12, 2002. Applications may still be walked in between August 2, 2002 - August 12, 2002.

The SFDO has set up two post office boxes for mail-in applications.

For initial filing of the I-485 with the I-765 and I-131 the address is:

P.O. Box 194210
San Francisco, CA 94119-4210

For renewals of EAD in adjustment of status cases pending at the SFDO only the address is:

P.O. Box 194207
San Francisco, CA 94119-4207.

At this time, there is no mail in system for renewals of I-131s.  These should be applied for as they have been in the past.  However, if an I-131 application is included with a mail-in I-485, it will be processed for adjudication and, if approved, a parole letter will be sent with a pick-up within 10 to 15 working days.

In addition, at this time, interim EADs will still be issued to walk-ins. Applicants in deportation/removal proceedings will still apply by walking in the application to the INS.

You must submit a complete I-485 packet.  Information Unit Officers will review the packet as currently done. When major deficiencies exist the entire packet will be rejected and returned to the applicant with deficiencies noted for resubmission. Efforts to correct minor deficiencies will be made by using a document request checklist informing the applicant to bring required documents to the interview. If the packet remains deficient and not easily curable at the interview, the application will be rejected.

Once the complete I-485 packet is received, the SFDO will send out the receipt notice with fee receipt, an EAD appt. notice, an I-131 appt. notice, a fingerprint appointment notice and the appointment notice for the adjustment interview (in August will be scheduling in February 2003.)