Adjustment of Status is the name of the process by which you change your immigration status to “Lawful Permanent Resident” while you’re in the U.S. and receive a Green Card. If you are not in the U.S., you would have to go through Consular Processing instead.
Steps to Adjust Status
These are the usual steps for an Adjustment of Status
- 1. Determine which Immigrant category you fall under
- 2. File the appropriate Immigrant Petition (usually someone has to file it on your behalf)
- 3. Check availability of Visa
- 4. File necessary forms when Visa is available (Form I-485 in most cases)
- 5. Have your fingerprints taken
- 6. Go to an interview (if applicable)
- 7. Wait for final decision
If you are approved, you will become a Lawful Permanent Resident and you will receive a Green Card.
Adjustment of Status In Removal Proceedings
If you are in Removal Proceedings, one of the forms of relief you can request is an Adjustment of Status. The difference is that instead of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) deciding on your Visa application (usually I-485), the Immigration Judge will decide on it and may apply special rules in your case.
Contact Los Angeles Immigration Center for More Information.
Adjustment of Status is an important process since a successful application will mean that you get a Green Card. If you’re in Removal Proceedings, it is even more important as it will prevent you from being deported if you qualify. To find out more about whether you qualify, it is best to contact the Los Angeles Immigration Center to discuss your case.
To schedule a consultation with a Los Angeles Immigration Attorney, please call (310) 933-4455 or fill out our online form with a brief description of your situation.