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The Immigration Law Center
   ADJUSTMENT OF STATUS
Adjustment of status is available to aliens who are already in the United
States and are eligible to adjust their status to that of lawful permanent
residency without leaving the US. Generally, all petitions for adjustment of
status should be filed while an alien is maintaining a lawful presence in the
US. There are limited exceptions to this rule that our attorney would be happy
to discuss.
In our experience with numerous scenarios for adjustment of status, some
being more complicated than others, the beneficiaries of our adjustment of
status petitions receive their green cards within weeks.
Adjustment of status is available to aliens who are already in the United
States and are eligible to adjust their status to that of lawful permanent
residency without leaving the US. Generally, all petitions for adjustment of
status should be filed while an alien is maintaining a lawful presence in the
US. There are limited exceptions to this rule that our attorney would be happy
to discuss.
There are a number of factors which can work to significantly delay an
approvable petition. Many of these are minor factors which can be easily
anticipated and avoided with an experienced immigration attorney. This is
why it is best to choose an immigration attorney who has substantial
experience with a wide variety of adjustment of status applications and is
aware of constantly changing US federal government regulations.
Through our experiences working with clients, we have been told numerous
stories regarding the ways their particular cases have gone wrong. These
details can be as minor as method of payment to something more substantial
such as failing to provide adequate evidence to support the petition. It is
unfortunate that in many of these cases, even where an error was committed
through no fault of the applicants, it is necessary to pay additional
government and/or attorney fees to rectify the situation. Deciding to retain a
responsible and well-versed immigration attorney to work on your case
minimizes the chances of your application being delayed by many years or
denied altogether.
Aliens and their petitioners should be aware that preparation of an
adjustment of status petition is a procedure that takes time and significant
US, such alien should retain an immigration attorney.
scenarios are as follows:
H-1B to Employment Based Lawful Permanent Resident Status (green card).
H-1B to Family Based Permanent Lawful Resident Status (green card).
F-1 to Family Based Permanent Lawful Resident Status (green card).
B-1/B-2 to Family Based Lawful Permanent Resident Status (green card).
J-1 to Family Based Lawful Permanent Resident Status (green card).