Adjustment of Status
Adjustment of Status is an immigration application filed for an immigrant
who is within the United States. Usually, this occurs when there is a
successful and current petition for "alien relative". However,
adjustment of status can occur in other immigration scenarios, such as
asylum or an I-140. Once the adjustment of status application is filed, the immigrant
is temporarily in legal status until the application is adjudicated. Adjustment
of status is not the same as a
change of visa status.
Most adjustment of status occur in the following ways: through marriage,
a current family-based petition, a current employer petition, or one year
after asylum is granted. The most common method of adjusting status results
in what people refer to as "green card through marriage."
The USCIS allows an immigrant to change his or her status (with some exceptions)
to that of a lawful permanent resident if he or she entered the country
on a valid visa and was properly inspected prior to entry into the United
States. In other words, a successful adjustment of status will lead to a "
green card" also known as lawful permanent residence.
Adjustment of Status applications are usually concurrently filed with other
applications, such as a work authorization application. Once the application
for adjustment of status is approved, the applicant is interviewed. Upon
successful completion of the interview, a green card will be issued.
If you are currently outside of the United States, you cannot apply for
adjustment of status. Rather, you must go through consular processing
at your nearest US Embassy.
The Law Office of Ashkan Yekrangi, P.C. will carefully evaluate your case
to determine if you are eligible to adjust your status, or recommend steps
you need to take before applying for adjustment of status.
Ashkan Yekrangi is an immigration attorney serving Orange County, including
Anaheim, Irvine, Santa Ana, Mission Viejo and other areas of Southern
Call the Law Office of Ashkan Yekrangi, P.C. for a consultation. If you are looking for an
Orange County immigration lawyer, look no further.