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Adjustment of status which is also known as “obtaining a green card” is a process that our team of immigration attorneys are very passionate and dedicated about. We love having the opportunity to be able to help great people feel secure in the United States, knowing that they can permanently reside here to live with their families.
Our firm has helped thousands of individuals obtain their lawful permanent residence status (LPR).
If you or a loved one need the services of our immigration lawyers, please do not hesitate to contact us immediately in order to schedule your free consultation. We comprehend that the process to become an LPR can be difficult and confusing. Which is why we offer free consultations her at Alcock & Associates.
Our ultimate goal here at Alcock & Associates is to educate you and help you in the process of obtaining a green card. Throughout the years we have found that it is very important and critical for each of our clients to fully comprehend the process.
Below, we have provided an abundant amount of information in regards to how the adjustment process works. But, keep in mind that if you have any further questions you can contact us.
If you or a loved one need the services of an experienced and caring immigration attorney to help you with your adjustment of status, please contact us at 602-989-5000.
FREQUENTLY ASKED ADJUSTMENT OF STATUS QUESTIONS:
Here are some quick frequently asked questions about AOS immigration. For qualifications scroll below.
WHAT’S THE FIRST STEP?
The first step in the adjustment of status process is your family member files an I-130 for you. The reason for this is that immigration must verify that your family member qualifies to petition for you.
WHAT HAPPENS ONCE THE I-130 IS APPROVED?
After the approval, YOU will have to file the adjustment of status application.
CAN I ADJUST FROM MY HOME COUNTRY?
One does have the option of adjusting from their home country, however this is a different process that requires different paperwork. This process is also known as the consular process. If previously the individual has traveled to the United States without obtaining a visa or entered without inspection, it may be required to file a waiver.
IF I AM ALREADY IN THE UNITED STATES, DO I HAVE TO HAVE ENTERED THE US LEGALLY?
For adjustment of status within the United States, the short answer would be yes. To be eligible for adjustment of status your entry must have been lawful. There are exceptions and waivers which we have provided information for below.
HOW LONG DOES THE PROCESS USUALLY TAKE?
The process can take anywhere from six months to a year. It all varies due to government processing.
WHEN WILL MY BIOMETRICS (FINGERPRINTS) APPOINTMENT BE?
Usually you will be given your fingerprint appointment about three months after you submit the initial application.
WHEN DO I DO MY INTERVIEW?
The interview is usually scheduled 6 to 9 months after submitting the initial application.
CAN I LEAVE TO MY HOME COUNTRY AFTER I APPLY?
No, one should remain in the United States while your application is pending.
DOES THIS PROCESS LEAD TO A “GREEN CARD?”
Yes. After you are approved in the interview, you normally get your “Green Card” in 30 days.
ONCE I GO THROUGH THIS PROCESS CAN I INCLUDE MY FAMILY MEMBERS LATER?
Yes, but they must also qualify. We recommend that you get into contact with us so we can explain the process. This area of law can get very complicated.
HOW MUCH ARE THE FEES FOR THE PROCESS?
Well, there are three separate fees in the entire process. We have listed them for you below:
- $535 for I-130 family petition
- $700 for EAD work permit I-140
- $1225 for adjustment of status (green card) application form 485
WHEN MAY I BE ABLE TO START WORKING?
You can apply for a work permit throughout the process. Recently, we have seen quite a bit of a delay in regards to approvals, however. It is not uncommon for the “Green Card” to arrive prior to the work permit. It is your decision whether or not you would like to file for a work permit through I-140.
GREEN CARD OVERVIEW:
Adjustment of Status, or “AOS,” is the process which allows certain individuals to apply for lawful immigration status in the United States. At the end of this process, the applicant will receive lawful permanent residence status, or become a green card holder.
If you or a loved one are thinking about and are considering this type of application to get a green card, we would like to share some important information and tips. Unfortunately, due to the constantly changing immigration law, there is a great deal of misinformation about Adjustment of Status and we hope to help you better understand your options.