Green Card Attorney-Legal Resident Lawyers
Our Immigration Attorneys can help you obtain your “Green Card.”
Our firm has helped thousands of individuals obtain their lawful permanent residence status (LPR). This site is designed to help answer questions about the process.
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 know that the process to become a lawful permanent resident can be difficult and confusing, which is why we offer free consultation in the office or over the phone.
We have a team of immigration attorneys who are very experienced and passionate to assist you with your adjustment of status case. 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.
We can help 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. Our job is to make the process less stressful and easier for you. Below, please find the basics regarding adjustment of status and obtaining your green card.
Legal Resident Lawyers: Adjustment Requirements
Immigration law permits many people to become legal permanent residents through their family members. To promote family unity, immigration law allows “immediate relatives” of United States citizens to adjust status (obtain their “Green Card) in the Untied Status.
DO YOU HAVE A QUALIFYING FAMILY MEMBER?
To apply for Adjustment of Status, a person must first have a qualifying family member, or an immediate family member, that can file a petition on his or her behalf. Eligible “immediate relatives” include: spouse of a U.S. citizen, parent of a U.S. child who is at least 21-years-old, and child who is unmarried and under 21-years-old of a U.S. citizen parent. Our Green Card Attorneys can help with this process. Sometimes it can be complicated to know if you have a qualifying relative. Proof of the relationship must be turned in with the application. This part of the application is called the I-130.
YOU MUST PROVE YOU CAME LEGALLY
After the relationship has been established, in order for an “immediate relative” to adjust status in the U.S. You must prove that you were lawfully inspected, admitted or paroled into the U.S.,OR eligible for protection under 245(i). This means that the applicant must have come to the United States on a nonimmigrant visa or with a border crossing card. You will have to prove that you crossed with inspection and you will be required to provide proof. If you don’t have this proof. Our permanent resident immigration attorneys can help obtain these documents it you don’t have them.
IF YOUR PETITION WAS FILED BEFORE MAY 2001
Here things get a little technical. If your petition was filed before May 2001, and you did not enter the country legally, call our law firm to determine if you qualify for 245(i) protection. Here’s the information that you need to know.
You may still be able to apply for Adjustment of Status if he or she had a petition filed on his or her behalf that has a priority date prior to April 30, 2001.
This is called a 245(i) Adjustment. Section 245(i) of the immigration laws protects qualified applicants who would normally be ineligible to adjust their status to permanent residence in the United States, and allows them to do so under certain conditions.
Adjustment under 245(i) allows qualified applicants to adjust in the United States even if the applicant entered the U.S. without inspection or have fallen out of lawful status. To qualify for adjustment under 245(i), the applicant must have had an immigration petition filed on his or her behalf before January 14, 1998, OR had an immigration petition filed for the benefit of the alien between January 14, 1998 and April 30, 2001 and be physically present in the United states on December 21, 2000.
The immigration petition can be either an I-130 family petition, or an I-140 petition for labor certification. There is a $1000 filing fee for the 245(i) protection (penalty).
THE MEDICAL EXAM
Applicants must submit a medical examination with their applicants for Adjustment of Status. The medical examination must be completed by a civil surgeon, which is a doctor authorized by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.
The petitioning family member must also submit proof of income to show that when the applicant receives their permanent resident status, he or she will not need to rely on public assistance.
If a certain income amount is not made by the petitioner, a co-sponsor will be needed. The cost of applying for adjustment of status is $535 for the family petition, and $1225 for the adjustment application and the complete process can take approximately 12-15 months.
Once you start the process, between 5-7 weeks after USCIS has sent receipt notices, the one who is seeking the green case must get fingerprinted. You have to go to the Biometrics Appointment at the USCIS field office. The purpose of this appointment is so USCIS can do their own background check. They will collect your fingerprints, take your photo, and have you sign your name. You have to bring a current ID to this appointment..