If you are currently in the U.S. on a visa and you want to change it to a different Visa or apply for a Green Card, you are generally able to do so if you are eligible.
Adjustment of Status
If you have a nonimmigrant Visa and you would like to convert it into a Green Card, it is called an “Adjustment of Status.” To adjust your status, you would need to be eligible for a Green Card. There are many ways to obtain a Green Card such as through an employer willing to sponsor you or through an immediate relative. See our Green Card page for more information on eligibility.
There are some people that are ineligible to adjust status, though. For example, if you are here through the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), you are not eligible to adjust status unless you are eligible as an immediate relative of U.S. Citizen. Another example is if you are out of status, you are also not eligible to adjust status unless you are eligible as an immediate relative of a U.S. Citizen. There are other reasons you may not be eligible so if you are not sure, please contact one of our experienced Immigration Attorneys at (310) 933-4455.
Change of Status
If you have an existing nonimmigrant Visa and would like to change it to another nonimmigrant Visa, it is called a “Change of Status.” For example, you can change your status from a tourist Visa B-1 to a student Visa F-1 or work Visas such as Visa E-2 or Visa L-1 or Visa O-1, etc. See our Visas page for more information on the different types of Visas.
Certain Visa holders are not eligible to change status at all. These include C Visas, D Visas, K-1 or K-2 Visas (they should be adjusting status instead), S Visas, TWOV Visas, and VWP Visas.
Some Visa holders may not be eligible to change into certain other Visas depending on their personal circumstances. If you have questions about your specific Visa and changing your status, please contact one of our experienced Immigration Attorneys at (310) 933-4455.
Contact Los Angeles Immigration Center for More Information.
If you have questions about a Visa or Green Card, the Los Angeles Immigration Center can help you find answers with one of our experienced Immigration lawyers. Please contact us 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.