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Adjustment of status, or “obtaining a green card” is a process that our immigration attorneys are passionate about. We love being 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 people obtain their lawful permanent residence status. (LPR)
If you need the services of our immigration lawyers, please know that the consultation is completely free. We understand that the process to become an LPR can be difficult and confusing. That’s why we offer a free consultation.
Our goal is to educate you on how to obtain a Green Card. We have found that it is critical for our clients to fully understand the process.
We have provided a wealth of information regarding how the adjustment process works. But know that you can always just pick up the phone and call us.
If you need to hire an experienced and caring immigration attorney to help you with your adjustment of status, please call us at 602-989-5000.
Here are some quick frequently asked questions about AOS immigration. For qualifications scroll below.
The first step is your family member files an I-130 for you. Immigration verifies that your family member qualifies to petition for you.
After approval, YOU file the adjustment of status application.
You can adjust from your home country, however this is a different process that requires different paperwork. This process is called consular process. If you have previously traveled to the United States without obtaining a visa or entered without inspection you may be required to file a waiver.
For adjustment of status within the United States, the short answer is yes. To be eligible for adjustment of status your entry must have been lawful. There are exceptions and waivers which you can read below.
The process can take anywhere from six months to a year. It varies due to government processing.
Usually you will give your fingerprints three months after you submit the initial application.
The interview is usually 6 to 9 months after submitting initial application.
No, you should remain in the United States while your application is pending.
Yes. After you are approved in the interview, you normally get your “Green Card” in 30 days.
Yes, as long as they qualify. We recommend that you contact us as this area of law can get complicated.
You can apply for a work permit throughout the process. We have recently seen delays regarding approval, however. It is not uncommon for the “Green Card” to arrive prior to the work permit. It is your decision whether or not you want to file for a work permit throught I-140.
Adjustment of Status, or “AOS,” is the process that allows certain people to apply for lawful immigration status in the United States. At the end of this process, the person will receive lawful permanent residence status, or become a green card holder.
If you are thinking about using this type of application to get a green card, we have some important information and tips we would like to share with you. Unfortunately, there is a great deal of misinformation about Adjustment of Status and we hope to help you better understand your options.
In order to become a legal permanent resident through Adjustment of Status, you must meet a number of specific factors. Keep in mind, this letter only discusses Adjustment of Status and you may be eligible for other processes.
Step One – Gather the required documents
Documents must be gathered to show that you meet the requirements. This means you must gather documents including your proof of legal entry or 245(i) protection, your completed medical exam, proof of your relationship with the petitioner, your petitioner’s taxes, and co-sponsor documents if needed.
Step Two – Mail applications and supporting documents to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”)
Once you have all the required documents and application forms completed, you are ready to file your Adjustment of Status application
You are also eligible to apply for a work permit with your application for your green card. The work permit gives you permission to work in the United States while your application for your green card is still being reviewed by USCIS.
After the 6-9 month processing time is done and USCIS has completed the review of your application, you will either receive your approval notice by mail or receive an interview notice from USCIS. Interviews are always required when your petitioner is your spouse. At the interview, the Immigration Officer will ask questions to confirm the valid relationship between you and your petitioner, and ask you questions about your immigration and criminal history to make sure you qualify for a green card.
There are certain situations that may make you ineligible adjustment of status in the Untied States. Don’t file for adjustment of status if:
We are dedicated to helping YOU. The first step is to understand your case. We will take the time to get to know you and your legal situation so that we are best able to answer all of your questions. After your initial consultation with our attorneys, you will know what you are facing and what can happen to your case.
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Alcock & Associates P.C.
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Phoenix AZ 85004