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 a immigrant visa, which is usually done through a U.S. consulate while the individual is abroad. This is referred to as 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.
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