If your immigrant petition has been approved, the main two ways to move forward in your application to become a lawful permanent resident of the United States (a green-card holder) are the consular processing method and the adjustment of status method. As we discuss elsewhere on this site, if you currently reside outside of the U.S., you must use the consular processing option.
If you are already in the United States, your best option is most likely the adjustment of status method. Many of our clients prefer the adjustment of status approach to getting a green card because it does not involve returning to your home country to process your U.S. visa.
If you are in the United States, it is possible to file a petition and apply for adjustment of status concurrently in some circumstances. In other cases, a petition must be approved before applying for adjustment of status. Susan Han can analyze your particular situation and advise you through the process.
If you or someone you care about is interested in learning more about acquiring a green card through the adjustment of status method, contact Susan Han by completing our convenient, secure online form or by calling 410.599.3100.
The Adjustment of Status Process
There are several steps that you must go through to successfully obtain lawful permanent residency in the U.S. using the adjustment of status method. The immigration laws are complicated and changing. Susan Han can assist you throughout the adjustment of status process by providing legal advice and up-to-date knowledge of the current immigration laws and requirements, as well as by representing you before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
Susan Han can help you determine your eligibility and file the necessary paperwork, including petitions. She can also communicate with USCIS on your behalf.
If you are in the United States, it is possible to file a petition and apply for adjustment of status concurrently in some circumstances. In other cases, a petition must be approved before applying for adjustment of status. Susan Han can analyze your particular situation and advise you throughout the process.
Am I Eligible to Apply for a Green Card Using Adjustment of Status?
You can take advantage of the adjustment of status process if you fit the following profile:
- You are physically in the United States.
- You are already eligible for a U.S. green card because you have been hired by a U.S. employer, have a family member who is a citizen or a permanent resident, you are filing as a self-petitioner, or have received asylum or refugee status, among other ways.
- If you entered the U.S. on a K-1 fiancé(e) visa, you married the person who petitioned for you to receive that entry within 90 days of your entry into the U.S. If you married, but more than 90 days after entry, it may still be possible to adjust your status. Ms. Han can advise you if this is the case.
- If you are eligible because you have been granted asylum or refugee status, it has been a year since that status was granted.
- If you are eligible because an employer or family member petitioned for you, you have an approved petition from the USCIS, and your priority date is current.
If any of these categories apply to you, contact immigration attorney Susan Han to have Ms. Han represent you in your adjustment of status application.
Reach Out to Immigration Attorney Susan Han to Learn More About the Adjustment of Status Process
If you are considering applying for a green card or petitioning for someone who is applying for one, the adjustment of status option may be an option. Susan Han is here to walk you through the process. Contact us online today or call 410.599.3100 to learn more.