An “adjustment of status” (AOS) is the process by which an alien who is physically in the United States files a petition with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to adjust his/ her status from nonimmigrant (temporary) to immigrant (permanent) status. Changing an individual’s immigration status is applicable only if the individual was inspected/ admitted or paroled into the United States and meets all required qualifications for permanent residence (green card) in a particular category. Note, some exceptions apply. Those who meet all requirements for a green card can fill out a Form I-485 Adjustment of Status (AOS) Application, and this is typically the first step to obtaining a green card.
Adjustment of Status is often known as the final step in getting a Green card. Once an AOS application is approved, the individual applying will have officially gained permanent resident status in the United States. This AOS means the individual can legally live and work in the country indefinitely, and perhaps in the future become a naturalized U.S. citizen.
In addition, AOS applicants have other benefits. They can apply for “advance parole” which allows them to travel abroad and re-enter the country without having to first obtain a visa. They can apply for an employment authorization document (EAD) or “work permit” to allow them to work in the U.S. for a salary. And finally, they can legally remain in the U.S. without having to renew status as they did prior.
The individual cannot choose to adjust status, but instead must be eligible to do so. Persons living abroad, not currently in the United States, are not eligible for an AOS. Those individuals would be required to go through consular processing for their immigrant visas in their foreign country at a U.S. embassy or consulate.
Malik & Associates, PLLC understands the often complicated process and the high stakes of applying for permanent U.S. residency. This is why it is imperative that aliens seeking adjustment status consult with one of our experienced adjustment of status attorneys as they begin their AOS case.
While on the surface, filing for AOS may seem like an easy procedure for someone who is eligible, in reality, there are several tricky issues that must be considered. These include:
For these reasons, we recommend you request a consultation with our experienced immigration AOS attorneys when filing your I-485 application.
Our attorneys and legal team at Malik & Associates, PLLC have helped hundreds of employees and/or families in adjustment of status cases, successfully. We offer to you our professional services to help you obtain a Green Card as soon as possible. Whether you are becoming a Permanent Resident based on family ties or business/employment, our experienced adjustment of status attorneys can help you understand your options and eligibility, assist in filing the petition/forms, and supporting you in all ways.
Want specific answers to your immigration related questions, including those about adjustment of status timeline, adjustment of status processing time, adjustment of status through marriage or adjustment of status fees? If you need high quality immigration legal services, including family immigration, business immigration, deportation and waivers, give Malik & Associates PLLC a call at 214-881-2100 or fill out our form online to discuss your case. An adjustment of status attorney or counselor at law can help you determine whether your rights have been violated under any laws. You deserve the right to be represented and receive counsel by a competent team who is on your side and will fight for you and your family.
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