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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 and Associates.
Our ultimate goal here at Alcock and 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.
Here are some quick frequently asked questions about AOS immigration. For qualifications scroll below.
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.
After the approval, YOU will have to file the adjustment of status application.
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.
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.
The process can take anywhere from six months to a year. It all varies due to government processing.
Usually you will be given your fingerprint appointment about three months after you submit the initial application.
The interview is usually scheduled 6 to 9 months after submitting the initial application.
No, one 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, 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.
Well, there are three separate fees in the entire process. We have listed them for you below:
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.
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.
In order for an individual to become a legal permanent resident through Adjustment of Status, you must meet a number of specific requirements.
Keep in mind, this letter only discusses Adjustment of Status which menas you may be eligible for other processes.
Step One – Gather the required documents
Documents must be gathered in order 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 completely reviewed 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 conditions that may make you ineligible to adjustment your status in the United States. Don’t file for adjustment of status if:
Here at Alcock and Associates our team and staff are dedicated to helping and representing 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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