An adjustment of status is a process that allows eligible individuals applying for permanent residency in the United States to become a legal resident without having to apply for an immigrant visa abroad.
Since there are different ways to qualify for an adjustment of status, it is in your best interest to consult with an experienced immigration lawyer to avoid any obstacles in gaining permanent residency status.
Eligibility to Adjust Status
If your priority date is current (that is, you have a valid visa with no waiting period) and you are currently residing in the U.S., you may be eligible to apply for adjustment to permanent resident status if one or more of the following categories apply:
– You have an approved family based immigrant visa petition or are planning to file it concurrently with your adjustment of status petition.
– You have an approved employment based immigrant visa petition or are planning to file it concurrently with your adjustment of status petition.
– You entered the U.S. with a K-1 Fiancé(e) visa and married your fiancé(e) within 90 days of entrance, OR you entered with a K-2 visa and are applying to adjust your status based on your parent’s status adjustment.
– You won a visa in the Green Card Lottery.
– You have been continuously residing in the U.S. prior to January 1, 1972.
– You are applying for an adjustment of status based on Cuban citizenship or nationality, or other qualifying nationality-based programs.
– You failed to obtain legal status through proper immigration documentation.
– You entered the U.S. as a visitor with a visa under sections 212(I) or 217 of the Visa Waiver Program.
Our experienced immigration attorneys will investigate the specific facts of your case to determine whether you qualify for an adjustment of your status based on any of the categories above.
For more information about obtaining permanent residency through a readjustment of status or to schedule a complimentary consultation with immigration attorney Michael S. Carrillo, call Legalize Me toll free at 800-554-8778.