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Adjustment of status, also known as receiving a Green Card, is a process that our immigration attorneys are extremely passionate about. The idea of people feeling secure in the United States and being able to permanently reside with their families, is one that our team deeply believes in.
Our firm has helped thousands of individuals obtain their lawful permanent residence status or (LPR).
We understand how confusing and complex the process to become an LPR is, which is why our firm offers free consultation.
Our goal is to ultimately educate you on how to receive a Green Card. One of the most critical aspects of the obtaining a Green Card is making sure you fully understand the process.
If you would like to hire a dedicated and experienced immigration attorney to help you with your adjustment of status process, please call us at 602-989-5000.
Below is more information in regards to the adjustment process to give you greater insight into the process.
The first step in the Adjustment of Status process would be to have your family member file an I-130 for you. Immigration verifies that your family member qualifies to petition for you.
After the I-130 is approved, YOU will need to file the adjustment of status application.
You can adjust from your home country but this would then become a different process that requires different paperwork. This process is also known as the consular process. If you entered the United States either without a visa or without being inspected, you may be required to file a waiver.
For adjustment of status within the United States, the short answer is yes. In order for an individual to be eligible for an adjustment of status, they must have entered the United States legally. But, there are exceptions and waivers which are talked about a bit more in depth below.
Generally, the process can take anywhere from six months to more than a year. This varies due to government processing. Lately, the government is taking longer.
Usually you will give your fingerprints three months after initial application has been submitted.
The interview usually takes place 6 to 9 months after the initial application has been submitted.
No, you should remain in the United States while your application is pending.
Yes. After you are approved in the interview, you generally get your “Green Card” in 30 days.
You may include them later, as long as they qualify. We recommend that you contact us as this area of law can get complicated.
You may apply for a work permit throughout the process. However, recently we have seen delays in approval. 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 through I-140.
Adjustment of Status, or “AOS,” is the process that allows certain people to apply for lawful immigration status in the United States. Once the process is finished, 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 obtain a green card, below there is information and tips, that may help clarify.
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 up required documents
There are a series of documents that are going to be utilized in order to begin the process. The documents needed are proof of your legal entry or 245(i) protection, your completed medical exam, proof of your relationship with the petitioner, petitioner’s taxes, and co-sponsor documents if necessary.
Step Two – Mail applications and supporting documents to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”)
Once an individual has gotten all the required documents and has also completed the application, then comes the Adjustment of Status application.
You are also eligible to apply for a work permit with the application for your green card. The work permit allows you to work in the United States while your Adjustment of Status application is still being reviewed by USCIS.
After the 6-8 month processing time is finished and USCIS has reviewed your application, you will either receive your approval notice by mail or receive a notice for an interview from USCIS. Interviews are always required when your petitioner is your spouse. At the interview, the Immigration Officer will ask various questions in order to ensure the relationship between you and your petitioner is valid. The Immigration Officer will also ask you questions about your immigration and criminal history to make sure you qualify for a green card.
There are a couple of situations in which one should not apply for adjustment of status which may make you ineligible. Individuals should not file for adjustment of status if:
Our firm has helped thousands obtain resident status. Still have questions? Call anytime for a free consultation with an immigration attorney.
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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