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Adjustment of Status

Adjustment of Status is the process by which certain eligible individuals can apply for lawful permanent residency (green card) while physically present in the United States. This process is available to individuals who meet the eligibility criteria for immigrant visas based on family relationships, employment, refugee or asylum status, or other special categories.

Key Steps in the Adjustment of Status Process:

  • Eligibility Assessment:The first step in the Adjustment of Status process is determining eligibility. Eligibility criteria vary depending on the immigrant category and may include factors such as the petitioner's relationship to the beneficiary, the beneficiary's immigration status, and compliance with immigration laws.
  • Form I-485 Application:Once eligibility is established, the applicant must file Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). This form is the primary application for adjusting status to lawful permanent residency and includes biographic information, immigration history, and supporting documentation.
  • Biometrics Appointment:After submitting Form I-485, applicants are typically scheduled for a biometrics appointment at a USCIS Application Support Center (ASC). During this appointment, applicants provide fingerprints, photographs, and signature for background and security checks.
  • Request for Evidence (RFE) and Interview: Depending on the complexity of the case, USCIS may issue a Request for Evidence (RFE) to request additional documentation or information in support of the Adjustment of Status application. In some cases, applicants may be scheduled for an interview with USCIS to review their eligibility and the bona fides of their relationship with the petitioner.
  • Decision on Application: After reviewing the Adjustment of Status application and conducting any necessary interviews or further investigation, USCIS will issue a decision on the application. If approved, the applicant will receive lawful permanent residency and a green card, granting them the right to live and work permanently in the United States

How KPB Immigration Law Firm can assist you

The Adjustment of Status process offers eligible individuals the opportunity to obtain lawful permanent residency and realize their dreams of living and working in the United States. With KPB Immigration Law Firm's expertise and support, families can approach this process with confidence and a sense of security. If you're ready to begin your Adjustment of Status application or have questions about the process, contact us today for a consultation with one of our knowledgeable attorneys.