What is I-485 Adjustment of Status?
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Adjustment of status is the method a foreign national can use to become a lawful permanent resident while they are currently living in the U.S. This process in an alternative method to obtaining an immigrant visa, which is usually done through a U.S. consulate while the individual is abroad. This is referred to as consular processing.
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Which Is Faster: Adjustment of Status or Consular Processing?
Depending on processing times at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, adjustment of status can be more effective and the preferred option for immigrants for several reasons:
- Some immigrants prefer adjustment of status because it:
- Avoids expenses and inconvenient travel times back to homeland
- Applicants are able to gain employment authorization
- Applicants have permission to travel while process is pending
- Employment-based applicants can obtain job mobility benefits
- There are more alternatives should an application be denied by USCIS
Who Qualifies for Adjustment of Status?
If you are an immigration who is seeking to adjust your status, certain requirements must be met before filing an Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status (Form I-485).
To be eligible for adjustment of status you must:
- Be physically present in the United States
- Have legally entered the United States
Exceptions to this is if you entered the U.S. as an abused spouse or child per the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
How Do I Apply for Adjustment of Status?
If you are eligible for adjustment of status via family or employer petition, then you may start your green card application. Below is a guideline on the application process, however, it is important to speak with an adjustment of status lawyer beforehand. At Arnaout Immigration Law Firm, our immigration attorneys in Los Angeles are backed by years of experience and are prepared to guide you or answer any of your questions during the process.
To apply for adjustment of status you must:
- File an immigrant petition and green card application. Typically the petition is filed for you by your family or employer.
- Confirm visa availability for your category with USCIS. There is a limit to the number of visas available and you may not file Form I-485 until there is availability.
- File the Firm I-485. Some categories may require additional forms.
- After filing, you will receive an email regarding a biometrics appointment, where you will provide a photo, fingerprints, and/or specimen signature. This is for verifying your identity.
- If applicable in your situation, you may be required to attend an interview. Bring all original documentation with you.
- Wait for a final decision from USCIS.
After your application is approved, you will receive a permanent resident card or green card in the mail. If it is not approved, you will receive a decline letter that explains why it was denied and whether you may appeal the decision.
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